THREAD. The gold foil crosses found at Prittlewell appear to have been placed over the eyes of the person buried there, and are accepted by @MOLArchaeology as a signal of his Christianity.
The burial tableau laid out in the chamber also emphasised the man’s lordship, with its emphasis on largesse, consumption & elite culture, & of public display that expressed his regional & international relationships, social & political (pp. 338-9, mola.org.uk/prittlewell-pr…)
Yet much of the burial followed long-standing insular tradition, including cooking utensils, feasting equipment, weapons & horse gear, as well as items underscoring his status & authority. (pp. 309-14, mola.org.uk/prittlewell-pr…)
And, of course, a mound was built over the grave - a tradition to reaches far back into prehistory. @MOLArchaeology’s report of Prittlewell burial offers a nuanced view of a society framed by tradition yet evolving, innovating & adapting dynamically in a post-imperial world. END