Art: Outward Bound

For the first thousand years of the Christian era the little island of Britain was overrun by hordes of men who rose up out of the sea. In the Fifth Century came the Angles, from somewhere on the bleak coast of the Baltic. Ships brought them, and when their kings died they were buried in ships with their bows pointing toward the sea. Last week on a hilltop estate near Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, diggers unearthed for a Mrs. E. M. Pretty a funeral ship that had lain untouched under a mound of earth some 13 centuries.

It was the only Anglian burial...

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