by Chris Grapes
They stretched their beloved lord in his boat,
laid out by the mast, amidships,
the great ring-giver. Far-fetched treasures
were piled upon him, and precious gear.
Of course, not everyone in Idaho can just hop across the pond at a moment's notice, but thanks to Google's Cultural Institute, you can now click your way through the history and highlights without even needing to get up from your chair. Audio, video, high-res images and text let you discover the finds up close, without worrying about opening hours, queues and dealing with London taxis.
The exhibits range from recovered items of warfare—such the Sutton Hoo helmet, now an intrinsic icon of Anglo-Saxon history—to more peaceful objects like drinking horns, currency and musical instruments, giving a glimpse into how the average Saxon unwound after a hard day's looting and pillaging—at least until the Normans came along and messed it up for everyone.