Basil Brown, pictured – who unearthed a Saxon longboat and a hoard of treasure on land at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, but never enjoyed the wealth or fame he truly deserved – will finally have his story told in a major new Netflix film, The Dig Basil Brown did not look a lot like an archaeologist – neither the dusty academic variety nor the rugged hero digging through history, like Indiana Jones. He changed his clothes infrequently, tied his work trousers up with bailing twine, and his weather-beaten face was as brown as a Norfolk kipper. Previously a farm labourer, milkman and woodcutter, he didn’t operate much like a traditional archaeologist either. Brown liked to sniff and taste soil to divine what lay beneath and was given to sleeping under hedgerows to feel better connected to the land. But when Suffolk widow Edith Pretty asked her local museum in Ipswich who should excavate the ancient burial mounds on her land at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge, there was, they said, only one man for the job. And Brown’s work there resulted in a discovery without parallel. First, he unearthed an Anglo Saxon longboat bigger than any seen before and then a hoard… Read full this story
- Historic York
- Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire - Right on the River Wye
- Cambridge Hotels, Self Catering Accommodation and Tourist Information
- TV dinners: 25 shows to binge-watch this Thanksgiving weekend
- 50 best desserts on Earth
How the eccentric who uncovered Britain’s greatest Anglo Saxon treasure trove was robbed of glory by snobbery have 231 words, post on www.dailymail.co.uk at March 29, 2020. This is cached page on IT Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.