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Archaeologists reveal major Anglo-Saxon burial chamber findings

Plus: Venezuela postpones opening of pavilion at Venice Biennale | and Tennessee Triennial to launch in 2021

9 May 2019

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Archaeologists reveal findings from Anglo-Saxon burial chamber in Southend-on-Sea | Archaeologists today announced major new findings made at an Anglo-Saxon burial chamber unearthed in 2003 at Prittlewell in Southend-on-Sea. The discovery of the tomb has been compared to that of Tutankhamun’s in terms of its significance and the extent to which its contents were found intact. Among the revelations is a possible identification of the chamber’s inhabitant as Seaxa, brother of the East Saxon king Saebert, due to scientific dating of the tomb to around 580 AD. Some 40 precious artefacts were found, including a wooden lyre, gold-foil crosses, a wooden lyre, coins and a pair of drinking horns.

Venezuela postpones opening of pavilion at Venice Biennale | The opening of the Venezuela Pavilion at the Venice Biennale has been postponed until 13 May, five days later than expected – although, according to artnet, ‘there is no indication that installation is currently underway’. The postponement was announced yesterday by the biennale’s president Paolo Baratta, speaking at a press conference. 

Tennessee Triennial to launch in 2021 | The non-profit organisation Tri-Star Arts has announced that it will launch the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art on 5 February 2021. The triennial will take place in four cities – Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga – across locations including universities, museums and contemporary art galleries. Gallerist Andrea Zieher has been appointed as director of the event.

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