Ancient royal burial site of the Anglo-Saxon King Saebert is discovered

Mail Online | 5/8/2019 | Tim Collins For Mailonline;Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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A royal burial site found beneath a roadside verge in Essex has been named one of the most significant archaeological finds ever made in England.

Discovered between a pub and an Aldi supermarket, it is thought to be the burial chamber of the brother of Anglo-Saxon King Saebert.

Location - Chamber - Artefacts - Essex - Prince

Despite its unglamorous location, inside the chamber are 40 artefacts thought to have belonged to the ancient Essex prince Saexa.

These include gold foil crosses placed on his eyes when he died, as well as coins and weapons.

Anglo-Saxons - Pagans - Items - Chamber - Religion

The Anglo-Saxons were Pagans, but the Christian items found in the chamber suggest the religion was still important in England 1,400 years ago.

Experts are fascinated by this time in English history as Anglo-Saxon kingdoms were emerging, with separate royal families in different parts of the country.

Name - Essex - East - Saxon - Families

The name Essex comes from the East Saxon families which ruled over this part of England.

Researchers behind the find have hailed it as the 'British equivalent of Tutankhamun's tomb' - despite little similarities in appearance.

Tutankhamun - Tomb - Egypt - Looters - Century

Just like Tutankhamun's famous tomb in Egypt, however, it is completely intact, with looters and 19th Century amateur archaeologists having been unable to find it as the mound on top of it collapsed.

Sophie Jackson, director of research for the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), which was involved in studying the chamber, said: 'This is one of the most significant archaeological finds ever seen in England.

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'It is the British equivalent of Tutankhamun's tomb as everything in it is just as it was left 1,400 years ago.

'It was found on an unpromising site, which is just really a grass verge, but this is an aristocratic burial site and the artefacts provide a great insight into religious life at the time.'

Chamber - Essex - Town - Prittlewell - Nothing

The chamber discovered the Essex town of Prittlewell contains nothing of the prince thought to be buried there except some...
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