Over the course of history, people have spent many a different way figuring out how to properly and respectfully remove the dead from the living. Testaments to their work still survive to this day—from the Valley of the Kings to the necropolises in Greece. Although they are strong examples of the interesting ways in which people buried their dead, they are definitely not the only ways.
In addition to the burial sites that everyone knows about, there exist smaller yet still very interesting examples of how people treated the dead. Here are 7 unique burial sites that have their own stories to tell.
7. Sutton Hoo
At first glance, Sutton Hoo is nothing to write home about. The burial sites for Sutton Hoo appear as 18 bumps in the earth in the English countryside near Woodbridge. These mounts, however, are named Britain’s very own Valley of the Kings as they’re seventh century AD royal burial mounds.
Over time, especially in the Tudor times, these mounds were broken into and the treasures within looted, but two escaped unharmed—the first and the 18th mounds. Although each mound has its own interesting history, it’s very lucky that Mound One survived the looting as it contains the richest burial in all of Europe, with historians believing that it belonged to one King Raedwald.
The burial chamber at the center of the mound contained Byzantine silverware, jewelry, a set for feasting, a purse containing 37 gold coins, three coin-based blanks to round up the coin total to 40, two gold ingots, and an iron helmet. The iron helmet became an iconic representation of Sutton Hoo, the unofficial “face” of the burial site. These treasures were donated to the British Museum.
The stunning part is, those aren’t all the tricks that King Raedwald kept under his posthumous sleeve. While no longer present, evidence points toward the fact that he was also buried with a 30-meter-long (90 ft) boat. Of course, after such a long time, the boat has been eroded by the acidic soil. But the boat left a “fingerprint” in the sand of the burial mound, so we know that it was once there.