Thursday, January 7, 1999 Published at 15:07 GMT
Ancient warrior resurrected
Recreated: The man and his horse buried 1,400 years ago
By BBC Science Correspondent James Wilkinson
The warriors lived around the year 600AD, when the invaders from Europe were establishing kingdoms after battles with the ancient Britons.
Their remains have yielded important clues about how they lived and fought.
One of the finds is truly unique with the remains well preserved in chalk.
Archaeologists have reconstructed the face of the warrior by scanning the skull with a laser. Specialists then built in his features to reveal an accurate computer-generated picture.
The warrior's horse was even more interesting. It had been stunned by a blow to the head, fracturing its skull. Then it probably had its throat cut.
One ornament was slightly bent and looked as though it caught the full impact of the blow to the horse's head.
Finally scientists painted a picture of the warrior and his horse. Using the latest scientific method, it is as accurate a picture as it is possible to get for a Saxon warrior resurrected after 1,400 years.