New Chair for the Ship's Company
Wed 28th June 2023

SEAN McMILLAN has taken over as Chair of the Sutton Hoo Ship's Company. As well as having a strong interest in early seafaring, Sean is the founder of Spirit Yachts, Ipswich. His sleek and speedy yachts have made appearances in James Bond films. Martin has stepped down from the Chair of both the Company and the Witan to focus on previous commitments but remains as a Trustee, New Trustees include Helen Geake, Anglo-Saxon expert and Time...

Martin takes over chair of the Sutton Hoo Ship's Company
Mon 21st February 2022

Aug 2021 Martin was invited to Chair the Ship's Company and created the WITAN, an advisory group of academics, marine archaeologists and timber ship builders

Sep 2021 New programme announced at the First meeting of the WITAN: 2024 complete the build and launch the ship. Trials under oars 2025 First voyage up the Thames into Wessex; 2026 Up the Trent into Mercia. 2027 Up the Ouse, Tees, Wear, Tyne into Northumbria....

Media interest in Sutton Hoo following the launch of the film The Dig
Sat 27th February 2021

The great success of the Netflix film The Dig, with stars Carey Mulligan as Mrs Edith Pretty and Ralph Fiennes as Basil Brown stoked interest in the longer Sutton Hoo story after 1939. Here is a list of the requests for information.........

21 Jan 21 Premier Virtual Screening of The Dig. Martin Carver was consulted by Director Simon Stone and Ralph Fiennes

27 Jan 21 BBC History Extra blog (Dave Musgrove)

Sutton Hoo Research Report now on line
Wed 20th May 2020

Sutton Hoo a Seventh century Princely burial ground and its context is now on-line on open access on this website, under Publications.

All thanks to the publishers, The British Museum Company and the Society of Antiquaries of London whose Research Report No 69 this is for their support. There will be links connecting to and from their websites in due course. And thanks to Pat Gibbs my webmaster for mounting it.

This volume is...

Portmahomack report now online
Sat 13th July 2019

The full Portmahomack report by Carver, Garner-Lahire and Spall is now on line at

It is on open access. Thanks to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland!

FORMATIVE BRITAIN to be launched at EAA
Sat 13th July 2019

Formative Britain is to be launched at the MERC round table at EAA on Friday 6 Sep 1400-1600 at Bern

Wed 13th February 2019

National Trust Sutton Hoo Museum
Standby for a makeover to the Sutton Hoo on site display - should open in April

Reconstruction of the Mound 1 ship
The Ship's Company is forging ahead under the leadership of Philip Leech. The "Long Shed" long enough for the ship (30m) has been fitted out on Whisstocks old yard on the waterfront of the River Deben in Woodbridge. A blueprint for the build was given a thorough...

Wed 13th February 2019

FORMATIVE BRITAIN came out from Routledge on 31 January 2019 after 10 years in the making. It offers a synthesis of the history of the whole island of Britain from the Fifth to the Eleventh century (c400-1100AD), using archaeology alone. It reviews the surviving prehistoric and Roman landscape (Inheritance), the appearance of peoples (Looking for Personhood), the forms of settlements (Working from Home), the role of burial grounds (Addressing...

Portmahomack final report published
Fri 12th August 2016

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland published the 500 page account of the Portmahomack campaign in the spring of 2016. It contains numerous illustrations and expert contributions and can be obtained from the Society's website at

Field Archaeology from around the World published
Wed 03rd December 2014

This is a compendium of case studies put together with help of Sandra Monton and Bisserka Gaydarska and featuring lots of different field archaeologists. FIND IT at