Anglo-Saxon Aristocrats from 'near Diss'

A gold composite pendant with inlaid garnets was unearthed in December 2015 by a student from Norfolk. He discovered the finds within a 7th century grave whilst metal detecting at Winfarthing, near Diss. The pendant was found in the grave of a female and has been described as one of the "most elaborate...ever found".

Among the items recovered in January 2016 by a professional archaeological excavation were a Merovingian coin pendant, two gold biconical spacer beads, a gold openwork pendant with the form of a Maltese cross, a coin pendant with a gold suspension loop, another pendant with a Maltese cross design, a continental pottery biconical bowl, an iron knife and a collection of copper alloy chatelaine rings.

What’s fascinating is that these finds reflect a women who was Christian, buried with a cross but not yet buried in a full Christian manner. The entire grave, taken as a whole, is of importance as it helps to build an understanding of the process of Anglo-Saxon society’s conversion at this time to Christianity. 

Winfarthing Pendant
Winfarthing Pendant
  • Winfarthing Pendant
  • Winfarthing Pendant
  • Winfarthing Pendant
Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service
Norfolk Museums & Archeology Service, Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JQ
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