History unfolds at U3A meeting

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On Monday June 20, the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Rye held its monthly meeting in the Community Centre, Conduit street, involving, as usual, an interesting talk: “The Ship at Sutton Hoo”. (by Imogen Corrigan) In a grass mound in Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, East Anglia, archaeologists unearthed the remains of an Anglo Saxon ship in 1939, possibly the tomb of a 7th century nobleman. The wooden ship had rotted away but its outline and some of the treasures¬† buried with it remained.

Special artefact found in the remains of an Anglo Saxon ship
Special artefact found in the remains of an Anglo Saxon ship

Among the gold and silver, there was an iron sword, a shield and a warrior’s helmet, probably the most famous of all Anglo Saxon museum treasures.

Some of the findings are in the British Museum. If you are interested in further information you can access it through google: “The Ship at Sutton Hoo”.

The talk was very educational. There will be no meetings for the months of July and August. On Monday, September 19 the talk will be by Geoffrey Mead, “Ashdown Forest – Ancient Landscape of Sussex.”

Just to remind everyone that the Rye and Rother U3A has more than 25 courses to chose from and there are many interests to peruse. There is a yearly membership fee but it is very reasonable for the choices you get on a monthly basis, meetings that happen in people’s houses. If you would like to set up a new group and co-ordinate it, the U3A gives you this opportunity. For membership details please phone Sheila Priestley 01797 224339, she is the membership secretary and also leads a creative writing course.

Photo via google ” The Ship at Sutton Hoo”

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