The Sutton Hoo royal village?

If the magnificent gold and silver helmet in this Tweet doesn’t catch your interest, I don’t know what will.

Archeologists believe that they have found the royal village of Rendlesham in Suffolk mentioned by the Venerable Bede in The Ecclesiastical History of the English People. The 120-acre site is about 5 miles from the Sutton Hoo burial site.

It was believed that Sutton Hoo contains the grave of King Raedwald, who ruled East Anglia and was buried in about 625 AD. (If you ever get to London, you must visit the British Museum and you must not over-look the newly renovated Sutton Hoo display.)

According to the BBC:

Professor Christopher Scull, of Cardiff University and University College London and a member of the study team, said: “The survey has identified a site of national and indeed international importance for the understanding of the Anglo-Saxon elite. The quality of some of the metalwork leaves no doubt it was made for and used by the highest ranks of society.”

Great visuals the next time I do Anglo-Saxon England!


About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). I also invite you to visit my profession web page at
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