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Friday, 2 December 2016
Sutton Hoo bitumen links Syria with Anglo-Saxon England
Analysis of black organic fragments found in the Sutton Hoo boat burial has revealed they are bitumen from Syria.
The Suffolk site was excavated in 1939. Gold and garnet jewellery, silverware and ceremonial armour were discovered.
The small black objects scattered among the 7th Century finds were believed to be pine tar used for boat maintenance.
British Museum and Aberdeen University experts
have revealed they are
bitumen Andrew said they demonstrated the "far-reaching" Anglo-Saxon trade network.
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David Beard MA, FSA, FSA Scot
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