A royal burial site discovered by a roadside in Essex is being hailed as the UK’s “equivalent of Tutankhamun's tomb”.
The find was made during widening work on a section of road between a pub and an Aldi supermarket in Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, in 2003.
Aretfacts found during the work have now been analysed by experts, who believe the body may be the brother of an Anglo-Saxon king.
Museum of London Archaeology’s director of research and engagement Sophie Jackson said: “I think the thing that's so strange about it is that it was such an unpromising looking site, it's not where you'd expect to find it.
“I think it's our equivalent of Tutankhamun's tomb.”
Experts, who excavated the site fully, carbon dated the body and believe the man died between 575AD and 605AD, and could be Seaxa who was the brother of King Saebert who died in 616AD.
Ms Jackson said: "There's a lot of debate about whether he was a fully-fledged hairy beast Saxon warrior, or younger.”
Some of the artefacts will be displayed at an exhibition at Central Museum in Southend which opens to the public on May 11.