From the collection of Sutton Hoo Treasures at the British Museum:
"The Sutton Hoo ship-burial was excavated in the spring and summer of 1939, just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Its remarkable finds signalled a radical change in attitude towards early Anglo-Saxon society, which, until then had been thought substantially inferior to life during the Roman occupation. The settlement period of early Anglo-Saxon England was regarded as the Dark Ages, a concept that is only now beginning to lose its grip on the academic mind.
Deeply buried beneath a large mound lay the ghost of a thirty metre long oak ship. At its centre was a ruined burial chamber the size of a small room, built with a pitched roof and hung with textiles. In it a dead man lay surrounded by his possessions. He was buried with his weapons, his armour, wealth in the form of gold coins and gold and garnet fittings, silver vessels and silver-mounted drinking horns and cups, symbols of power and authority, and clothes, piled in heaps, ranging from fine linen overshirts to shaggy woollen cloaks and caps trimmed with fur. The burial also contained a leather purse with a jewelled lid and this contained a carefully selected group of thirty-seven Merovingian gold tremisses, three coin sized blanks and two billets (ingots). While the finds from this burial reflect the status of the dead man, they are also a reminder of the master craftsmen, including swordsmiths and goldsmiths, who made these remarkable objects."
The site for the Sutton Hoo Society excavating the site:
I was looking at some of the Sutton Hoo treasures and I noticed that the design in this belt buckle had striking resemblance to the cauduce of Hermes. The Merovingian kings were traced to Greece and it looks like the Hermetic influence followed in thier design.