Other Objects found in the Ship Burial.
 

 
  • Apart from the jewels and weapons, lots of other objects were found in the burial chamber of the ship burial at Sutton Hoo. Some of them came from far away. The owner must have been very rich to bring them all the way to England.
  • There were 16 pieces of silver made in the Eastern Mediterranean:
    • A Byzantine silver dish (72.4 cm across) made during the Reign of Emperor Anastasius I (AD 491-518)
    • A silver fluted bowl and handles (See Picture).
    • A silver ladle.
    • A small silver cup.
    • 10 shallow silver bowls (See Picture).
    • 2 silver spoons inscribed with the names of 2 Christians: 'Saul' and 'Paul' (See Picture).
  • There was a large bronze 'Coptic' bowl with handles. Coptic means that it was made in ancient Egypt.
  • There was a big set of drinking vessels:
    • 2 big curly drinking horns (See Picture). The horns probably came from big bulls called 'aurochs'. They are extinct now.
    • 6 little bottles made of maplewood (See Picture).
    • 8 little cups made of burr-wood.
    • They all had gold covered decorated silver plaques around their rims.
  • One of the most interesting things found was the remains of a wooden harp (See Picture). This was a musical instrument. It would have been used by a minstrel when singing songs to a great lord or king.
  • Other objects included:
    • 4 table knives with iron blades and bone handles.
    • A few odd counters from an unknown board game.
    • 3 bronze 'hanging bowls' on chains.
    • A tub and 3 buckets. They were made of wood with iron bands to hold them together (See Picture).
    • 3 bronze cauldrons. One had an elaborate iron chain to hang it above a fire.
    • An iron lamp.
    • A pottery bottle.
  • Many of these items would have been useful when holding a feast in a great hall.
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