The man who broke the Sutton Hoo story

In 1939, the biggest news in archaeology was the discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial in Suffolk, England. In a feature story for EADT24, Mike Bowden discusses how his father, Alfred Bowden, known as “Bow,’’ broke the story of the discovery. (photos)

Bow was chosen to write a series of articles for the EADT which proved to be the most important in the history of the paper. He was the journalist who wrote one of the most important stories in the 140-year history of this newspaper. “Because we were the main paper in the area and had kept quiet about it, they were going to let us have first bite. I was chosen to write the story because while I was working at Colchester I had written a good deal on archaeological subjects. You only have to turn over soil in the garden there and you find something,’’ Bow said.