Only a couple of coins were found in this excavated Anglo-Saxon tomb, but the recovered artifacts are amazing. See the complete article online for
a gallery of images. -Editor
The researchers think the prince may have been buried with a gold coin in each hand, with one hand on his chest and the other lying by his
For 1,400 years, an underground burial chamber lay untouched in the British countryside, hiding its long-dead denizen and his royal secrets.
Then, in 2003, construction workers in the town of Prittlewell (about 40 miles from London) were expanding a roadway when they stumbled upon the
remarkable tomb. Over time, researchers unearthed a lyre, gold coins, a golden belt buckle, and luxury items like drinking horns and bowls.
Unfortunately, the body of the occupant's body had long dissolved due to the acidic soil in this part of the UK; only tiny fragments of tooth
enamel were left behind. The lack of human remains made it almost impossible for researchers to identify who the grave's owner was. But analysis
of the other artifacts led archaeologists to believe that a Christian Anglo-Saxon prince had been entombed there.
Now, after more than 15 years of excavation and restoration work, archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) have
discovered that the tomb may be the site of the earliest Christian royal burial in Britain.
The researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the age of the gold coins, and extrapolated from there.
"The dating has helped us to clarify who it might or might not be," Sophie Jackson, director of research and engagement at MOLA, told
Business Insider. "Initially we thought this could have been King Saebert...but we know that he died in 616, and this man is likely to have been
buried in 580s or 590s."
To read the complete article, see:
A warrior-prince's elaborate tomb found near London could be the British equivalent to King Tut, one expert says. Here's what was inside.
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