In 1939 a burial site was found in the region of Sutton Hoo, England. It was only the beginning of the discovery of several burial sites, one of which was a ship burial most likely from around the 7th century.
The ship burial site contained many artifacts such as bowls, spoons, weapons, belt buckles and silverware. One of the most impressive finds however is the celebatory helmet, which sheds light on the great talent of the contemporary metalworkers. Much of the artifacts found in Sutton Hoo shed a completely new light on the so-called “Dark Ages” and showed historians that great artwork was produced in this period as well.
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