One of the most significant finds in English archaeology has now been made into a film starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James. The Dig reached No. 1 on Netflix as soon as it was released, and archaeology hasn't seemed so interesting since Indiana Jones first raided a temple and got chased by a rolling boulder.

The story behind The Dig is no work of fiction however, and although some inevitable artistic licence has been employed, the story behind the film is just as fascinating.

People are starting to ask questions: can you visit the site? Where is it? What can you see?

Although many of the finds are in the British Museum, the site is open to the public and having recently undergone a huge revamp, it is a fantastic place of mysterious mounds and glittering treasure, and is definitely worth a visit. My son and I visited on a freezing day in February last year.


The story of Sutton Hoo is the stuff all young archaeologists and treasure hunters dream of.

Mysterious mounds had been present on the land near Deben River for centuries, but it wasn’t until the landowner, Mrs Edith Pretty, had a chance encounter with a local historian at a flower festival in the late 1930s, that any investigation was undertaken. She had always had an interest in archaeology, and when she married and bought Tranmer House in the 1920s, the mounds were part of the grounds.