Oct 3 2011 12:00AM
International conference provides new perspectives on Sutton Hoo
UCS recently hosted an international conference at the Ipswich Campus focussing on parallels between discoveries at the world-renowned Sutton Hoo boat-burial and cemetery near Woodbridge, and apparently similar archaeological finds in Scandinavia.
Sutton Hoo: A Swedish Perspective, the product of a partnership between UCS, the Royal Carl Gustav Adolf Academy Sweden and the Sutton Hoo Society, was chaired by Professor Neil Price from the University of Aberdeen and featured contributions from some of Sweden’s leading archaeologists on the very latest discoveries from classic boat-grave cemeteries like Valsgarde, and power centres like Gamla Uppsala in Sweden.
The event, which was also enlivened by the presence of ‘Anglo-Saxon’ tool-makers and re-enactors in full regalia, attracted well over one hundred delegates from the UK and beyond. Speaking after the event Dr Harvey Osborne, History lecturer at UCS, said: “the conference exceeded all our expectations, it was an absolute pleasure to work with the Sutton Hoo Society to facilitate this event and to help disseminate news of the often very recent discoveries and interpretations highlighted by Professor Price and his expert international panel”.