Military heritage and Sutton Hoo

Anti-glider trench at Sutton Hoo © David Gill
Anti-glider trench at Sutton Hoo © David Gill

Most visitors who walk round the site at Sutton Hoo will want to see the burial mounds. The very observant will notice some linear features cutting across the field. These are the remains of the anti-glider trenches to prevent an airborne attack to capture Woodbridge and the strategic port of Ipswich.

The trench system is easily seen on the aerial photograph taken at the end of the Second World War.

For such trenches in the news see here.

Anti-glider trenches at Sutton Hoo with the excavated ship-burial at the top of the picture. Source: Google Earth.
Anti-glider trenches at Sutton Hoo with the excavated ship-burial at the top of the picture. Source: Google Earth.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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