An Anglo Saxon grave contained the skeleton of a middle-aged man who was buried with ‘warrior’ grave goods, including this iron shield boss.
It has a tall cone with a pointed apex and a high vertical wall with a slight carination and narrow flange. It is of Dickenson/Harke Type 6 and Høilund Nielsen Type SB5a.
The burial dates to c. AD 650 and was the only Anglo Saxon grave found on this site. It occurs after the settlement had gone out of use and so it may have been intended to be in isolation.
The man was of some significance and the ‘warrior’ grave goods included a spear which was placed at his side and a round shield which was carefully placed over his upper body, covering his face. He was also accompanied by a hanging bowl, a rare luxury item which may have contained a food offering for the afterlife. Stable Isotope analysis undertaken on his teeth shows he was probably born and raised locally.
Other information & metadata
Site location: Mildenhall, Suffolk
Project type: Archaeological excavation
Site type: Multiperiod
Discovery context: Grave fill