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Sutton Hoo bitumen links Syria with Anglo-Saxon England
Analysis of black organic fragments found in the Sutton Hoo boat burial has revealed they are bitumen from Syria. The small black objects scattered among the 7th Century finds were believed to be pine tar used for boat maintenance. British Museum and Aberdeen University experts have revealed they are bitumen and said they demonstrated the far-reaching Anglo-Saxon trade network. Pauline Burger, who analysed the material while on a Marie Curie Fellowship at the museum, said the result was completely unexpected.

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