Creative topic: A Saxon mission (Sutton Hoo)

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By Jane Boweradvisor in art, drama, dance and literacy

Discover an archaeological-themed unit of work that uncovers the wonders of the Saxon burial site, Sutton Hoo

Replica of a helmet from Sutton Hoo

Replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet. Contact: Sutton Hoo, Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DJ, Tel: 01394 389700

This summer sees the Festival of British Archaeology (18 July to 2 August 2009) and the 70th anniversary of the discoveries at Sutton Hoo making it the perfect time for an archaeology-themed creative topic. Digging up the past and discovering historical treasures should not be confined to the world of Indiana Jones as there are lots of opportunities for discovery, learning and adventure in the classroom. The archaeological missions that make up this month’s creative topic focus on Saxon artefacts and the history surrounding the Sutton Hoo Saxon burial ground. Particularly through the use of drama, this topic aims to place children’s learning into a real-life context – to bring the past to life and set the scene for an unforgettable cultural experience.

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