It started when the owner of the land, Edith Pretty dreamt of ghosts parading around the hills in her garden. She hired an archaeologist, Basil Brown, to unearth the treasure beneath. There are 18 mounds at Sutton Hoo, some tiny and some the size of 15 grown men but most were ransacked before they could be excavated by trained archaeologists.
It wasn't until a year after being hired that Basil Brown began to dig the eleventh mound. It was under this that he made his amazing discovery. He says "I could hardly believe it!" The longboat uncovered would have taken over a hundred men to carry and it was filled with jewellery and weapons.