Edith Petty had heard that ghosts inhabited the mounds outside her house. At her urging, self-taught archaeologist Basil Brown carefully unearthed the mounds and delicately uncovered the great ship.
Belt buckle from Sutton Hoo.
Before the discovery, historians had described Anglo-Saxon civilisation in England as crude. After the discovery of more than 40 treasures created at such high levels of artistic and technical skill, historians rapidly revised their opinions.
John Preston tells the story of the discovery in The Dig. His book will be released in May.