The Anglo-Saxon princely burial at Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea


Sue Hirst and Christopher Scull


This fully illustrated account of the princely burial at Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, summarises the results of intensive research, studying the excavated evidence from the intact and lavishly furnished burial chamber. The man who was buried there at the end of the 6th century AD was evidently a Christian but accompanied by an astonishing array of grave goods. Using a range of techniques and a team of over 40 experts, this internationally important discovery has revealed much about the man and the East Saxon kingdom where he lived, and its contacts with Kent, Francia and the Christian Mediterranean. This publication was funded by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

MOLA 2019 ISBN 978-1-907586-47-7 Pb 108pp col ills throughout

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Objects from the burial chamber are on display at Southend Central Museum from May 2019; explore the chamber for yourself at

The detailed research findings are published in The Prittlewell princely burial: excavations at Priory Crescent, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, 2003 (MOLA Monograph Series 73, 2019).

... contains a text that brilliantly compresses the conclusions of the main report while giving a good introduction to the processes of archaeological excavation and analysis.
Catherine Hills in Antiquaries Journal 2020