Source: Telegraph (UK) (7-28-09)
Seventy years ago, the owner of a Suffolk estate invited guests to celebrate the unearthing of a 'Viking' ship on her land. Little did she know it would turn out to be one of the most important Anglo-Saxon finds of the century.

The sherry party that Mrs Edith Pretty threw at her home above the River Deben in Suffolk on July 25 1939 was one of those occasions that everyone remembers for the wrong reasons. The invitation, dispatched to the great and good of the locality – including the curator of the Ipswich Museum and the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk – was to celebrate the discovery of a "Viking ship" buried on her land. Along with the sherry, there was to be a lecture by Charles Philips of Cambridge University, who was the leading archaeologist on the dig.




Read More...


More...