Lecture: The Prittlewell Prince - an Anglo-Saxon burial in its local and wider context

at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, AL1 3XG

Discovered in 2003 and published in 2019, the richly furnished princely burial at Prittlewell, Southend, is the earliest post-Roman Christian burial in England and the most important Anglo-Saxon burial found since the discovery of the great ship burial at Sutton Hoo in 1939.

This lecture outlines the story of the cemetery, from its inception in the 6th century AD and considers the resources used to construct and furnish the chamber and the possible symbolism of the carefully selected objects placed in it. Although the identity of the deceased is unknown, he clearly belonged to a wealthy community with connections to Kent, Europe and the Mediterranean which played an important part in the early development of the kingdom of Essex.

Lyn Blackmore is one of Museum of London Archaeology’s Senior Finds Specialists, specialising in pottery and finds. She has many years’ experience of archaeological finds research and is an internationally recognised expert in Saxon finds.

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