|Sutton Hoo © David Gill|
This September there will be a major international conference, Sutton Hoo: a Swedish Perspective. at University Campus Suffolk and hosted by the Sutton Hoo Society (details here) and the Royal Carl Gustav Adolf Academy, Sweden.
From the discovery of the great Ship Burial the Sutton Hoo cemetery has always been interpreted on the context of apparently similar finds from Scandinavia. Several princely artefacts from Sutton Hoo, in particular the helmet and shield, have parallels in the high-status cemeteries of Uppland, Sweden.
This conference aims to present the latest research on Sutton Hoo's Scandinavian connections with new discoveries from classic boat-grave cemeteries like Valsgarde, and power centres like Gamla Uppsala.
We shall consider new evidence for the ideological landscape within which such monuments were set and which provided the backdrop for their creation.