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Having studied the Sutton Hoo burial, I have come to a conclusion that King Raedwald was the person who had been given a memorial. Here is my evidence to prove it.

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Sutton Hoo Essay Having studied the Sutton Hoo burial, I have come to a conclusion that King Raedwald was the person who had been given a memorial. Here is my evidence to prove it. I think the man was a King because of all the royal items in his grave. A few examples of the high status items are the sword with jewelled gold pommel and the shield decorated with a dragon and jewels. A big piece of evidence, to prove that he was high in status, is the goose-feathered pillow. An ordinary person would not need such a comfortable, expensive item to rest his head on so this strongly suggests that he was a King or a person of high status. ...read more.

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For instance, he had a set of ten silver bowls with a cross design on each of them and he had a bronze bowl from Christian Egypt. A big piece of evidence is the pair of Saulos (Saul) and Paulos (Paul) spoons. This means that the man in the burial converted to Christianity sometime during his life. One big problem in trying to interpret his religion is that we don't know if the items were plunder. If so, none of our assumptions would be correct. A very important topic in this essay is whether the deceased belonged to a civilised or barbaric society. I think that he was civilised. ...read more.

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A goose-feathered pillow is a luxury item so maybe luxury goods only belong to high ranking people. One last piece of evidence is the coins that were found in the grave. These coins are good evidence because we can decide whether he was civilised or barbaric. If the coins were stolen, he would be considered a barbarian. If they were used in society, it might mean that their society was beyond simple bartering and aggressive theft. It might mean that some kind of organised economic system may have existed. If so, he would be considered civilised. Finally concluding, we don't know who was in the burial so you mostly have to guess using the evidence that has been given. I think that he was a religious, civilised man called King Raedwald. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sean Levitas 25/01/03 page 1 ...read more.

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