Sutton Hoo : Dr Sue Brunning, British Museum : Wednesday 27 October 2021, 7.30pm

Dr Sue Brunning, Curator of the European Early Medieval Collections, British Museum, will be giving a free Zoom lecture on “Sutton Hoo” for BACAS in partnership with two other societies, Bristol and Avon (BAAS) and Bristol and Gloucestershire (BGAS), and Bristol Museum. The talk will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27 October 2021. Tickets are FREE.

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Sutton Hoo

The excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship burial in 1939 is one the most famous in British archaeological history. This exceptional grave, perhaps of a seventh-century king, reached a wider audience this year with the release of The Dig, a star-studded Netflix film that sparked an extraordinary public reaction.

This lecture explores the Sutton Hoo ship burial’s key revelations. Using several objects as guides, it explores the different early medieval ‘worlds’ – artistic, geographical, spiritual and personal – that the discovery revealed; what these tell us about peoples’ lives and experiences in the Early Middle Ages; and why this ancient burial remains relevant in the 21st century.

Speaker: Sue Brunning is Curator of the European Early Medieval Collections at the British Museum, and is responsible for the Sutton Hoo finds. She specialises in early medieval material culture, with particular research interests in sixth- to eighth-century metalwork, cross-cultural exchange, the biography of artefacts and the archaeology of experience and sensory perception.

Archaeology Online

This talk is part of Archaeology Online, a new series of monthly digital talks brought to you by BACAS, Bristol Museums, Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society and Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. Places are limited to 300, but members of BACAS and the other societies get a few days to register before the general public, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Booking will open soon for the next few talks too but for now, here are some dates for your diaries:

  • Wed 24 Nov 2021 – The genetic prehistory of Britain, Dr Tom Booth
  • Wed 26 Jan 2022 – Isca: the Roman legionary fortress at Caerleon, Dr Peter Guest