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UK: Hidden treasures of Saxon burial chamber revealed (photos)
BBC On-Line ^ | Thursday, 5 February, 2004 | staff writer

Posted on 02/09/2004 4:25:46 PM PST by yankeedame

Last Updated: Thursday, 5 February, 2004, 13:09 GMT

Burial chamber's secrets revealed

More details are being released of a Saxon burial chamber unearthed in Essex.

The 12-feet-wide, five-feet-high wood-lined chamber - dating from the 7th Century - was crammed with gold coins and ornaments.

But the remains of the ancient king have dissolved and experts have not yet been able to identify him.

The find in Prittlewell, Southend, is being hailed as a major discovery.

Some experts have likened the discovery to the find in 1939 of a Saxon burial ship in Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, one of Britain's most important archaeological sites.

The find in Prittlewell, Southend, is being hailed as a major discovery.

> Hidden treasures of Saxon burial chamber


"An artist's impression of the inside of a Saxon king's burial chamber found in Southend, Essex. Experts say it gives a glimpse into the lives of the super-rich of the Dark Ages"


The site was filled with everything a king needed in the afterlife, from his sword and shield to copper bowls, glass vessels and treasures


Two pairs of coloured glass vessels were found by archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology Service


A gold coin found during the excavation dates back to the 6th or 7th century


Inside the chamber, which would have been lined with wood, were two tiny gold foil crosses about 30mm in length


A gold belt buckle dating from about 600-640


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; United Kingdom
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1 posted on 02/09/2004 4:25:47 PM PST by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame
Wow! Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to read the full report. I'd love to be a part of such a dig!
2 posted on 02/09/2004 4:30:52 PM PST by sneakers
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To: yankeedame
a glimpse into the lives of the super-rich of the Dark Ages"

Don't tell John Edwards - he'll jump into his wayback machine and go tax them.

3 posted on 02/09/2004 4:31:04 PM PST by Argus
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To: blam; farmfriend
*ping*
4 posted on 02/09/2004 4:31:37 PM PST by EggsAckley (..................**AMEND** the Fourteenth Amendment......(There, is THAT better?).................)
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To: yankeedame
How did the moonspinners miss it?
5 posted on 02/09/2004 4:38:24 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: yankeedame; EggsAckley; blam
A few years ago I saw an exhibit of treasures from Antioch....from the 5-7th centuries AD...and only excavated in the mid-20th century. This exhibit also included glass items, and that such fragile items should survive earthquakes - in the case of Antioch - and centuries underground amazes me.
6 posted on 02/09/2004 4:38:29 PM PST by Molly Pitcher
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To: Molly Pitcher
Truly amazing!
7 posted on 02/09/2004 4:39:41 PM PST by EggsAckley (..................**AMEND** the Fourteenth Amendment......(There, is THAT better?).................)
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To: blam
Seventh century....was that around the time of King Arthur?
8 posted on 02/09/2004 4:39:57 PM PST by xJones
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To: xJones
Arthur was British and would have been fighting the Saxons. That would have been a couple centuries before this Saxon lived.
9 posted on 02/09/2004 4:44:34 PM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: xJones
"Seventh century....was that around the time of King Arthur?"

King Arthur (If there even was one) was believed to have died somewhere between 530-572AD, depends on who's talking.

10 posted on 02/09/2004 4:49:56 PM PST by blam
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To: RightWhale; blam
Thank you both for your replies concerning the legendary Arthur Pendragon.
11 posted on 02/09/2004 4:51:35 PM PST by xJones
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To: yankeedame
Wa la wa! Ic þu axige föh ne mïn hordes!

(O Alas! I ask you to not take my treasures!)

12 posted on 02/09/2004 5:55:46 PM PST by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Soşlice! [Truly!] See, all those years of Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic paid off...)
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13 posted on 02/09/2004 6:00:24 PM PST by BushMeister
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To: xJones
One account I read was that the Thames valley was one of the last areas of Southeast England to fall to the Anglo-Saxons, and that Arthur's Camelot was the Essex city of Colchester, known to the Romans as "Camelodunum". That would have predated the kingdom of the East Saxons in Essex, however.
14 posted on 02/09/2004 6:17:57 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: yankeedame
After 1,400-plus years, the belt buckle design still hasn't been improved upon.
15 posted on 02/09/2004 6:18:32 PM PST by AngrySpud (Behold, I am The Anti-Crust ... Anti-Hillary)
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To: vikingchick
Cool Saxon Archeological Dig Pics!
16 posted on 02/09/2004 6:21:49 PM PST by BossLady
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To: AngrySpud
A simple beauty that is timeless that has.
17 posted on 02/09/2004 6:25:33 PM PST by bvw
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To: BossLady
Very cool!
18 posted on 02/09/2004 6:32:33 PM PST by vikingchick
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To: AngrySpud
After 1,400-plus years, the belt buckle design still hasn't been improved upon.

Don't say that out loud here in Texas! We have a whole mess of fine looking better-designed belt buckles around the waist of every blue-jean-wearing Texan.


19 posted on 02/09/2004 6:35:31 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: BushMeister
Uh, what does the red X mean?

*grin*

20 posted on 02/09/2004 6:37:26 PM PST by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Soşlice! [Truly!] See, all those years of Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic paid off...)
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To: Argus
Thanks for the laugh!!!!!
21 posted on 02/09/2004 7:01:39 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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22 posted on 02/09/2004 7:33:06 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: yankeedame
WOW! What a find!

Thanks for posting this and especially the pictures. I'd love to be a part of that dig. Eating my heart out ... .
23 posted on 02/09/2004 7:41:58 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: yankeedame
You start to realize how far Christianity is ahead of whatever came previously when you realize that all these guys thought they could take it with them.
24 posted on 02/09/2004 8:19:56 PM PST by greenwolf
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To: BushMeister
Huh, now the picture comes through...

Oh, and I was delighted to discover that Jackson had the Rohirrim speaking Anglo-Saxon in the films ("Wæs þu Aragorn hal." [Be you well, Aragorn]-- Eowyn, RoTK). I'm still translating Eowyn's dirge for Theodred in the extended edition of The Two Towers (it's a lot harder in lyrical form... plus I'm out of practice. Not much call for the Old English nowadays)...

25 posted on 02/09/2004 8:24:19 PM PST by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Soşlice! [Truly!] See, all those years of Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic paid off...)
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To: greenwolf
including the gold foil crosses?
26 posted on 02/09/2004 8:35:24 PM PST by drhogan
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To: drhogan
The guy probably stole em.
27 posted on 02/09/2004 8:37:47 PM PST by greenwolf
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To: greenwolf
i think the anglo-saxons were converted to Christianity by this time.
28 posted on 02/09/2004 8:40:46 PM PST by drhogan
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