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Burial chamber's secrets revealed
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Southend chamber treasures could be as important as Sutton Hoo's
More details are being released of a Saxon burial chamber unearthed in Essex.

The 12-feet-wide, five-feet-high wood-lined chamber - dating from the 7th Century - was crammed with gold coins and ornaments.

But the remains of the ancient king have dissolved and experts have not yet been able to identify him.

The find in Prittlewell, Southend, is being hailed as a major discovery.

Some experts have likened the discovery to the find in 1939 of a Saxon burial ship in Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, one of Britain's most important archaeological sites.


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