Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Archaeologists find 1,400-year-old tomb of Anglo-Saxon king

"The discovery of an Anglo-Saxon king's burial chamber complete with a lavish collection of treasures was more than any archaeologist would hope to find beneath a verge in the Southend suburb. Described yesterday as 'a once in a lifetime discovery' it is hoped the chamber in Essex will provide a unique insight into life and death in the Dark Ages."

"More than 60 beautifully preserved objects from bronze cauldrons and gold foil crosses to glass jars, copper buckles, a sword and a shield were dug from the site and taken to conservation laboratories for analysis. The body itself had been eaten away over the centuries by the acidic soil that seeped in."