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7th century village unearthed near Sutton Hoo

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The remains of a royal village dating back to the 7th century has been found four miles northeast of Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, England.

Archaeologists believe the site – covering more than 100 acres – was possibly home to a royal palace, a wooden hall surrounded by other buildings with a magnificent dining hall at its heart. This would be where travelling kings stayed, possibly including Raedwald, who is buried at Sutton Hoo.

It is thought the site was possibly home to those who carried out the ship burial at Sutton Hoo, where Raedwald – head of the Saxon kingdom across Suffolk and Norfolk – is thought to have been interred among his belongings, including precious and intricate gold jewellery.

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Story: Richard Cornwell, EADT | Photo: The British Museum

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