Metal detectors found the remains of an Anglo-Saxon warrior, nicknamed “Warlord Marlow,” who lived in the VI century AD. The warrior, who was about 180 cm tall, was buried on a hilltop next to a richly decorated sheath, a set of expensive luxury goods, spears and glass vessels.
The tomb remained undiscovered for over 1400 years until it was found in 2018 by treasure hunters using metal detection equipment. They reported their discovery and in August this year, archaeologists from the University of Reading have already conducted more thorough excavations on the site near Marlow in Berkshire, as well as geophysical studies.
Scientists explained that the discovery of this place, along with the remains of the “formidable warrior” suggests that this region was more important in Eastern Britain than previously thought. In fact, this is the first discovery of its kind in the middle Thames Basin, an area that experts often overlook in favor of the Upper Thames and London.
Together with warlord Marlow, a sword with exceptionally well-preserved wood and leather sheathing with decorative bronze fittings was found, making it one of the best-preserved swords in the sheathing known since then. A set of copies, bronze and glass vessels, clothing fittings, scissors and other accessories were also found. All these are now in the process of conservation for further study.
The researchers believe that this man, buried on top of a hill with a magnificent view of the surrounding Thames Valley, was supposed to be a high-ranking military commander. It is also noted that the warrior was a tall and strong man for his time and in our time could also have been quite an impressive figure.
Scientists explained that the discovery gave a different view of this section of the Thames in the period after the collapse of the Roman Empire and suggests that the people who lived here at that time could have been more important persons than they thought.
Scientists will now have to conduct further analysis of human remains to determine the age, health, diet and geographic origin of the person.