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12/11/2014LISKEARD DFAS SPECIAL INTEREST DAY 'When England had hardly begun: Sutton Hoo, the Staffordshire Hoard and the Lindisfarne Gospels'
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LISKEARD DFAS SPECIAL INTEREST DAY 'When England had hardly begun: Sutton Hoo, the Staffordshire Hoard and the Lindisfarne Gospels'
Mark Cottle
12/11/2014 In the early 7th century a great ship was dragged ashore from the river Deben in Suffolk. It became the burial place of a powerful Anglo Saxon Warlord, buried with a mound of treasures from all over the then known world. A few weeks before the outbreak of World War in 1939, the landowner began to excavate the mysterious mound, eventually to discover the remains of the ship, fine weaponry, gold coins and exquisitely crafted jewellery.
The Staffordshire Hoard, with over 3,500 pieces of gold and silver were found in a Staffordshire field in 2009.
Also in the 7th century, but towards the end, after conversion to Christianity, the Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria enjoyed a brief Golden Age - a result of which was the Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the most impressive works of art of the period.

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Mark was born on the Isles of Scilly and educated at Truro School, Cornwall, and Birmingham University. His career has been spent in education and training at home and abroad. He has lectured at Exeter College on Medieval and Tudor history, St Mark's & St John's University College, Plymouth, and at Bath University on Anglo Saxon and medieval England. He currently runs two small companies providing training and study breaks.