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Rendlesham exhibition

Rendlesham opening at Sutton Hoo © David Gill
I attended the opening of the exhibition of finds from the Anglo-Saxon site at Rendlehsam last night. This took place at the National Trust's Sutton Hoo visitor centre. It was a glorious evening with talks on the discovery of the site and its interpretation.

It was stressed that Rendlesham was the elite site — perhaps the location of King Raewald —whereas Sutton Hoo related to "death and memory". It looks as if we now have two major Anglo-Saxon sites in close proximity.

What became clear during the evening was the damage that had been sustained to the site by "nighthawkers". (Before anybody comments, three local metal-detectorists were present at the event as they helped to map small finds in the vicinity of the site.)

There is more on the Rendlesham site from BBC News. The Ipswich Star has been commenting on the damage sustained to the site [press].

We need to recognise that this internationally significant site has been damaged by illicit activity. Information has been lost. It is another reminder of the intellectual consequences of unscientific "exploration" of archaeological sites.

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Anonymous said…
Professor Christopher Scull came to talk to us about Rendlesham at the University of Reading last week. It is a truly incredible site, partially ruined by nighthawks, but the team have done a fantastic job to salvage what they can and discourage future activity.

Such high profile instances of this activity should hopefully serve to increase public awareness of the problem.

Great post, thanks for writing it.

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