Monday, November 21, 2005

The 'King of Bling'

A chance discovery by archaeologists in Southend reveals an Anglo-Saxon tomb crammed with treasures. It's a burial fit for a king – but who could it be?
Time Team follows the investigation into one of the most important archaeological discoveries in recent times as archaeologists from the Museum of London and specialists from across the world search for clues from the spectacular grave goods.
It's a daunting task. The grave is 1,400 years old, the body has disintegrated and there is only a scattering of written records. But through painstaking laboratory work and historical research the archaeologists begin to decipher the ritual significance of the gold, silver and precious finds placed in the burial chamber.
Tony Robinson and Mick Aston piece together the evidence for this programme and eventually manage to name the man the papers dubbed the 'King of Bling'.


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