A newly discovered Anglo-Saxon Princely Burial? Montem Mound, Salt Hill, Slough

A newly discovered Anglo-Saxon Princely Burial? Montem Mound, Salt Hill, Slough

New and exciting discoveries in Slough… another piece to the Anglo-Saxon puzzle!

The Round Mounds Project

Over the years people haven’t always been kind to Slough, Berkshire. In spite of the fact that the town has the second most productive economy in the UK, is the setting for one of the most successful British comedy series of recent years, and is a major transport hub, all too-often people judge the book by the cover and underestimate Slough… Montem Mound, in the Salt Hill area of Slough, is a prime example of how a fascinating story can be hidden beneath an underwhelming exterior – recent work carried out by the Round Mounds Project has shown that Montem Mound is far older than most had imagined, and is in fact part of the story of the earliest development of the social and political structures still in place in England to this day.

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The Ghostly Treasure Ship of Sutton Hoo

In southern England near the Suffolk coast lies a stretch of sandy heathland dotted by mysterious mounds of earth. Inspiring strange tales and superstitions among local people, these barrows charmed newlyweds Frank and Edith Pretty, who purchased the property, known as Sutton Hoo, in 1926. The couple made their home at Sutton Hoo for nearly nine years until Frank’s untimely death in late 1934. Edith continued to live there, and she grew increasingly curious about the barrows on her property. A lifelong fascination with the occult had led her, like many wealthy women of her time, to consult spiritualists in London. Some say that after her husband’s death, her interest in spiritualism grew and even expanded to include the barrows on her property. Disputed accounts even describe Edith as having a vision of a ghostly procession passing through the mounds near her house. Whatever the true cause, she decided in 1937 to have the land excavated and approached a museum in nearby Ipswich to discuss it.

Source: The Ghostly Treasure Ship of Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk: On the trail of the Anglo-Saxons – Telegraph

The National Trust shares its responsibilities with the Sutton Hoo Society; the latter does site tours while Trust volunteers man the exhibition that occupies a grey timber building 10 minutes’ walk away. Wainwright helped set up the exhibition: to their horror, the researchers found that most visitors knew nothing at all about the Anglo-Saxons. The originators of so much English culture – place names, kingship, legal system – had somehow been squeezed out by the sexier Romans and Vikings. Their delicate interlaced designs were assumed to be Celtic. Even now, some people still leave thinking that Sutton Hoo contained a Viking ship. “If we called it ‘The Sutton Hoo Viking Burial’ we’d probably double our visitor numbers,” says Wainwright, laughing. “So in the end we decided to focus on the site, while doing a major PR job for the Anglo-Saxons.”

Source: Sutton Hoo, Suffolk: On the trail of the Anglo-Saxons – Telegraph