In 2003, Museum of London archaeologists excavated an exceptionally rich chamber grave (4m square and 1.5m deep) in the previously well-known but poorly excavated early Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Prittlewell, Essex. Dubbed the ‘Prittlewell Prince’ and the ‘King of Bling’ upon discovery, it was provisionally attributed to the East Saxon ruler, Saebert. After nearly 16 years of intense research by a team of specialists, the publication is now out. Moreover, key finds go on display at Southend Museum from this weekend.
I can’t wait to read the publication and see the exhibition in due course. I also hope at some point to visit the site of the excavation: a rare example of grave for which its burial mound had long gone and no evidence survived, and yet a mound was ‘recreated’ as a present-day landmark to make the discovery site a tangible place in the historic environment.
When exploring the results…
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