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Analyzed by scientists, artifacts gathered from a well-preserved burial site in Prittlewell, near Southend, Essex, located between a pub and a supermarket, will go on public display on 11 May.

The new research published today by MOLA archeologists, funded by the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Historic England, explores the internationally significant collection, including artifacts from the Anglo-Saxon princely burial chamber that have not yet been identified.

Plot - Land - Prittlewell - Essex - MOLA

A small plot of land in Prittlewell, Essex was excavated by MOLA archeologists in 2003. The discovery of a well-preserved burial chamber decorated with rare and precious objects amazed archeologists but many of the secrets of the burial chamber lay hidden beneath centuries of earth and corrosion, only to be revealed as conservatives and archeological specialists started their meticulous work.

Sophie Jackson, MOLA’S Director of Research & Engagement, said: “This is one of the most significant Anglo-Saxon discoveries this country has seen and because of the meticulous attention to detail given when excavating and recording the Prittlewell princely burial, a team of specialists has been able to reveal new elements of the burial chamber, details about the man buried and insights into Anglo-Saxon traditions that we never thought possible.”

Duncan - Wilson - Chief - Executive - Historic

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “This burial chamber was an exciting discovery in 2003 and over the years it has slowly been giving up its secrets. The range of exquisite objects discovered here, now around 1400 years old and some of them representing the only surviving examples of their kind, are giving us an extraordinary insight into early Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship and culture.”

Previously concealed objects and facts that have been revealed include:

Lyre - Old - English - Hearpe - Instrument

The lyre (Old English hearpe) was the most important stringed instrument in the ancient world; this is the first time the complete form of an Anglo-Saxon lyre has been recorded.

The wooden lyre had almost completely fallen...
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