What were they?


  • There was a big iron combined axe and hammer weapon in the ship burial at Sutton Hoo. It was placed inside the dead person's sarcophagus (big coffin).
  • There were five spears and three special barbed spears called 'angons' placed against the wall at the head of the burial chamber. The dead person's favourite spear was also placed on his sarcophagus. They were all made of iron.
  • There was a superb sword in a scabbard. It is the best Saxon sword ever found. 
  • There was a beautifully decorated shield. It may have been too good for use in battle. Perhaps it was just used for show.


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