Newly discovered photographs shed light on Sutton Hoo excavation

A box of 400 photographs of the 1939 Sutton Hoo excavation has recently been found, hiding in storage at the Sutton Hoo Visitors Centre. The photographs were taken by two school teachers who seemed to have unlimited access to the site.

Little else is know about the photographers, or how or why they got there. The photos are high quality, and some are in color.

The photographs serve a dual historic purpose. They reveal archaeological details, especially of the ship. They also catalog the world of archaeology, its people, tools, and techniques, as practiced 70 years ago. [photos]