Appointment of new Chair

We are delighted to announce that Sean McMillan who has been a long-time supporter and member of the Witan has been appointed to the board of Trustees and will be … Continue reading Appointment of new Chair

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International Artist supports ship

We are thrilled to report a generous donation from international artist Sarah Gusten, who was born in Liberia and has lived in Ghana, Rome, USA, and Yorkshire but recently settled … Continue reading International Artist supports ship

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In memory of Pete Clay

You will have read in our February Newsletter that one of our founding Trustees, Pete Clay, sadly died in January. Without Pete pushing for the ship to be built in … Continue reading In memory of Pete Clay

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Jewson Sponsorship

We would like to send out our heartfelt thanks to the team at Jewson who have agreed to sponsor us with discounted materials and have funded a new bandsaw.   … Continue reading Jewson Sponsorship

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The Ship’s Co announced new relationship with Tim Taylor’s Time Team

The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company is very proud to be working with Tim Taylor, Emily Boulting, Helen Geake and the rest of the ‘Time Team’ for the foreseeable future. The … Continue reading The Ship’s Co announced new relationship with Tim Taylor’s Time Team

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Joe Startin speculates about whether Anglo-Saxon sailors navigated long distances by the skies

Bede the Venerable was a Benedictine monk who lived AD672-732.  At the age of 7 he entered the Benedictine monastery at Monkwearmouth, near Sunderland.  This was a recent foundation, with … Continue reading Joe Startin speculates about whether Anglo-Saxon sailors navigated long distances by the skies

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Follow the Ship

It will be a while yet before the Ship is launched, but last month there was a launch of different kind – a brand new education programme called “Follow the … Continue reading Follow the Ship

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Experimental Archaeology in Practice

David Pryor discusses what we are learning about the shape of tholes for the Ship. We know from the excavations at Sutton Hoo that our Ship was fitted with tholes … Continue reading Experimental Archaeology in Practice

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Anglo Saxon Tools – Part 1 Axes

The Anglo Saxon ship that was buried at Sutton Hoo was of course made out of wood, a widely available, buoyant, and relatively easily worked substance that was the material … Continue reading Anglo Saxon Tools – Part 1 Axes

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Where’s my fixing ?

One of the things that we promise our rivet sponsors is to let them know when the rivet goes into the ship – which means that we must have a … Continue reading Where’s my fixing ?

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More ship finds please… Joe Startin discusses the form of the keel for our ship

The Sutton Hoo ship is generally regarded as having a ‘plank’ keel. The British Museum suggestion for the cross-section in the middle of the keel published in 1975, is in … Continue reading More ship finds please… Joe Startin discusses the form of the keel for our ship

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#Day1 of the Sutton Hoo Ship

On Sunday 18 April the volunteer crew took transported the pieces of keel blank that have been fashioned out of the tress from Forestry England ready to start work on … Continue reading #Day1 of the Sutton Hoo Ship

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The Other Team on “The Dig” – Joe Startin

The film “The Dig” understandably focuses on the team Charles Phillips put together to handle the burial chamber and its contents.  It omits the team he organised to survey the ship. … Continue reading The Other Team on “The Dig” – Joe Startin

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An Experience of Photogrammetry by Andy Spencer

It is important for SHSC to have a scientific record of the components of the ship, as part of our experimental archaeology programme.  As things progress, we need to be … Continue reading An Experience of Photogrammetry by Andy Spencer

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Joe Startin Speculates, ‘Did the Sutton Hoo Ship Sail?’ (Part 4)

This is the fourth in Joe’s series of speculative posts – click here for links to parts 1, 2 and 3   Edwin Gifford built a half-length replica of the … Continue reading Joe Startin Speculates, ‘Did the Sutton Hoo Ship Sail?’ (Part 4)

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The Nautical Archaeology Society review #thedig and gives us a mention

Whilst on maternity leave, NAS Education Manager Peta Knott, from the Nautical Archaeology Society, is taking a break from work and enjoying the many archaeological lectures, workshops and most recently … Continue reading The Nautical Archaeology Society review #thedig and gives us a mention

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The true story behind The Dig by the National Trust

The Dig, released on 29 January, is a new film by Netflix exploring the story of the excavation of the Great Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo in 1939. The film … Continue reading The true story behind The Dig by the National Trust

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Why this famed Anglo-Saxon ship burial was likely the last of its kind

In this article written by Erin Blakemore for the National Geographic, the author explores whether or not the Sutton Hoo Ship was the last of its kind… ‘Archaeologists can be … Continue reading Why this famed Anglo-Saxon ship burial was likely the last of its kind

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BBC Culture feature ‘The Dig’

The BBC has put together an interesting culture article called The buried ship found on an English estate that pieces together the archeological dig, the burial site, and the new … Continue reading BBC Culture feature ‘The Dig’

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Arrival of our keel log!

It’s here.  We have a the keel log we have been waiting for! What a story of suspense, from first identifying the tree in a Forestry England site in Wiltshire … Continue reading Arrival of our keel log!

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What on earth is experimental archaeology?

In the Ship’s Company we often calmly say that “our project to re-create the Sutton Hoo Mound One Ship is the biggest experimental archaeology project in the UK/Europe/the northern hemisphere/the world” just … Continue reading What on earth is experimental archaeology?

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Hail to THE DIG from the Ship’s Company

We are building a full size version of the ship dug up by Basil Brown, Mrs Edith Pretty and Charles Phillips during the excavation celebrated in John Preston’s book and now in … Continue reading Hail to THE DIG from the Ship’s Company

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News from the Director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology – Roger Michel

Our partnership with the SHSC continues to provide us with a steady stream of interesting and exciting work – and great opportunities for other helpful partnerships. Our efforts in the … Continue reading News from the Director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology – Roger Michel

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Joe Startin speculates – Did she sail? Part 3

Opinions about whether or not the Sutton Hoo ship sailed differ between sailors and non-sailors.  It is difficult for the sailors, whatever their views, to avoid patronising the non-sailors.  Only … Continue reading Joe Startin speculates – Did she sail? Part 3

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The Dig

THE DIG starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes is being released at the end of this month on Netflix. The film, inspired by the book written by John Preston, captures … Continue reading The Dig

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Joe Startin speculates – did the Sutton Hoo Ship ever sail – Part 2

Did the Sutton Hoo ship ever sport a hefty mast and a big sail? It would help if we knew what the ship was used for. An expert view is … Continue reading Joe Startin speculates – did the Sutton Hoo Ship ever sail – Part 2

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Damian Goodburn’s Holly Maul

Google “maul” and you will get a variety of definitions, like being clawed by a lion or clashing on the rugby field. The Merriam-Webster dictionary is the first one I … Continue reading Damian Goodburn’s Holly Maul

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Escape to the…Longshed

We were very lucky to have been remembered by Jules Hudson, from Escape to the Country, as he was filming a potential house move in this area and wanted to … Continue reading Escape to the…Longshed

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Joe Startin speculates – did the Sutton Hoo ship sail? Part 1

Did the Sutton Hoo Ship buried in Mound 1 use a sail?  The conventional wisdom is reflected on the British Museum website. “….it is just not possible to tell if … Continue reading Joe Startin speculates – did the Sutton Hoo ship sail? Part 1

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Reflections on creating the keel for our ship

Building this great ship starts with construction of the keel.  What did we need to look for when identifying suitable trees? The key point is that finding a straight, and … Continue reading Reflections on creating the keel for our ship

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Why are we using green oak to build the Ship?

We often get asked why we are using green oak to build the Ship and why we are (where practicable) using ancient techniques.  Here, Dr Damian Goodburn who knows much, … Continue reading Why are we using green oak to build the Ship?

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Anglo Saxon Ship Open Day

The first open day of 2020 saw a steady stream of very interested visitors. Luckily the weather was in our favour for once and the bright sunny afternoon encouraged people … Continue reading Anglo Saxon Ship Open Day

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The Sutton Hoo Ship get donation from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Today a group of Ship’s Co. Volunteer Crew Members travelled over to Sicklesmere near Bury St Edmunds to collect four Ash trees. These four trees are the last available Ash … Continue reading The Sutton Hoo Ship get donation from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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The Anglo-Saxon ship is keeping good company

There have been a few questions about why we are called The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company, as we are not a commercial enterprise. There are of course many meanings of … Continue reading The Anglo-Saxon ship is keeping good company

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The Sutton Hoo Ships partners up

We are delighted to have formed a partnership with the Institute for Digital Archaeology, based in Oxford. The Institute  is headed up by Roger Michel who has a particular interest in Anglo-Saxon studies.  As well … Continue reading The Sutton Hoo Ships partners up

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Sutton Hoo Ship Rivet

In the run up to Christmas we had a fantastic response to our sponsor a fixing scheme.  Sponsoring a rivet has been a very popular gift for grandchildren, Mum’s and … Continue reading Sutton Hoo Ship Rivet

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Anglo-Saxon secret hits the media

The Ship’s Company Directors woke up on Monday to find our website kept crashing, but why? It turned out that the Times newspaper ran a page 3 spread about our … Continue reading Anglo-Saxon secret hits the media

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5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts identify their 5th rivet

Last Friday we had a number of young people visit us from the 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts. During the evening they listened to Paul Constantine tell them about the history … Continue reading 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts identify their 5th rivet

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Sutton Hoo Ship links with Rendlesham finds

Rendlesham is more famous for UFOs than Anglo-Saxons. But steady work over recent years has seen the area around St Gregory’s Church and Naunton Hall rise through the rankings to … Continue reading Sutton Hoo Ship links with Rendlesham finds

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Why is the Sutton Hoo Ship fixed with rivets?

Some of the earliest boats known were made from hollowed out logs. As technologies developed these hollowed out logs were extended by adding planks, or strakes, sewn to the upper … Continue reading Why is the Sutton Hoo Ship fixed with rivets?

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Sutton Hoo Ship’s Co. ‘Make’s Ship Happen’

7th August 2019 – Press Release A national fundraising campaign is set to “Make Ship Happen” for a £1 million project to build a full-size reconstruction of the 7th century … Continue reading Sutton Hoo Ship’s Co. ‘Make’s Ship Happen’

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Sae Wylfing at the British Museum, London

On the 13th July, Sae Wylfing set off at five o’clock on Saturday morning for pride of place at the opening of the British Museum’s contribution to the Festival of … Continue reading Sae Wylfing at the British Museum, London

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Excitement in the Longshed as the Saxon Ship progresses

This might be a case of whatever turns you on, but we are about to start prepping the Longshed to receive the tree for the keel. This will mark the … Continue reading Excitement in the Longshed as the Saxon Ship progresses

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Woodbridge Regatta – Log Splitting

On Saturday 23rd June Woodbridge hosted their annual Regatta to celebrate all things connected to the river Deben. This was the perfect opportunity to invite Damian Goodburn to the Longshed … Continue reading Woodbridge Regatta – Log Splitting

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Saxon Ship thinks about using a Total Station

Does your pulse quicken when you see those words? Wikipedia describes a total station as “an electronic transit theodolite integrated with electronic distance measurement (EDM) to measure both vertical and … Continue reading Saxon Ship thinks about using a Total Station

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Using the natural grain of wood to gain maximum strength

The photographs below show a treenail fixing that was recently made at Roskilde, Denmark. The plank is made of riven oak and the treenail made from carved willow. Note the … Continue reading Using the natural grain of wood to gain maximum strength

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From ‘Tree to Sea’ with Damian Goodburn

On the 29th and 30th of April we had the pleasure of hosting Damian Goodburn for a two day workshop about identifying and working with timber ready to be used … Continue reading From ‘Tree to Sea’ with Damian Goodburn

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What sort of oaks should we use to build the Sutton Hoo Ship?

Whilst we do not know where the oak for the original ship came from – there were only a few traces left on the oxidised iron nails that fixed the … Continue reading What sort of oaks should we use to build the Sutton Hoo Ship?

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A new phase for the Ship’s Co.

In October 2018 we invited experts from across the world to look at our research and preparations to help us finalise the Sutton Hoo Ship plans. This phase is now … Continue reading A new phase for the Ship’s Co.

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An Historic Milestone

As we advertise for a Master Shipwright we are one step closer to building this amazing reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo ship and one step closer to understanding more about … Continue reading An Historic Milestone

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