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Historical artefacts discovered in Suffolk

Now if you think of Royal houses in the east you probably think of Sandringham.

But hundreds of years before Kings and Queens built a palace in West Norfolk, the Suffolk coast was the seat of power for the Anglo-Saxons.

And just recently archaeologists have discovered artefacts at Rendlesham near Sutton Hoo, which they say is conclusive evidence that there was once a grand royal settlement there.

Is this the most important archaeological find of a generation, Tanya Mercer went along to find out more.


Bronze Age boats to be preserved

The Flag Fen team preserving the boats Credit: ITV News Anglia

Eight Bronze Age wooden boats discovered in a quarry in Peterborough are now being conserved at the city's Flag Fen archaeological centre.

The 4,000 year old vessels are being kept cold and wet to stop them from deteriorating.

One of the Bronze Age wooden boats Credit: ITV News Anglia

They will eventually be treated with the same chemical that's been used to preserve the Tudor warship the Mary Rose.

The quarry in Peterborough where the boats were discovered Credit: ITV News Anglia

Banknote bet for codebreaker

Wartime codebreaker Alan Turing Credit: ITV News

Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing looks set to follow Sir Winston Churchill onto a banknote according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.

Sir Winston will feature on five pound notes due to enter circulation in 2016.

Punters are now speculating as to who will follow suit with Alan Turing the 4/1 favourite.

The maths genius helped crack top secret German codes. His work is credited with shortening the duration of the Second World War.


Cambridge museum up for top arts award

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a finalists for the prestigious Art Fund Prize Museum of the Year. Credit: ITV Anglia

A museum in Cambridge is in the running to receive a prize of £100,000 - the largest arts prize in the UK.

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, which recently had a major facelift, is one of ten finalists for the prestigious Art Fund Prize Museum of the Year.

The Cambridge museum will have to wait until June to find out if it's been successful.

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Final words of Scott of the Antarctic

One of the last letters written by Antarctic explorer Captain Scott has been bought by the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.

The letter was written as he lay dying in his tent on the way back from the South Pole. It reveals his fears for the future, for his wife and son - and the certainty that he wouldn't make it back.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes:

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