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Primary Drama: Key Stage 2

1. The ship


The first episode of a two-part drama in which children become archaeologists to explore what we can find out about the Anglo-Saxons from the archaeological find at Sutton Hoo. We meet Becky, a young archaeologist, who begins the story of the famous discovery. In 1938 Mrs Edith Pretty approaches a local archaeologist, Basil Brown, to begin excavations on the site. At his insistence the largest of the mounds is left untouched. However, the smaller mounds yield very few artefacts. In May the following year Brown returns and this time he begins excavations on the largest mound. Within four days he and his helpers have uncovered the impression of the Sutton Hoo ship. They are on the verge of a great discovery.