Is a ‘1,300-Years-Old Gold Necklace Discovery,’ Says Archaeologist :
According to the Associated Press, at the burial site of a powerful woman in England. An exquisite gold necklace from the 7th century has been found, which was buried some 1,300 years ago.
The Gold Necklace, known as the Harpole Treasure after the Northamptonshire vill where it was discovered, is decorated with 30 pendants and globules made of golden Roman coins andsemi-precious monuments. The large blockish pendant features a cross, iconography that suggests the departed may have been an early Christian religious leader. The use of precious essence and monuments suggests that she was also veritably fat.
Also found was an ornate silver cross, which is in the process of micro-excavation after X-ray analysis. Scholars believe that it must have been placed on his chest. She was surrounded by pottery made in France or Belgium of which there are still some unidentified remains.
Lynn Blackmore from Museum of London Archeology Said :
“Small crosses or brooches with cross motifs worn on the chest have been found in other female burials from this period, but nothing that appears to have been supported with wood”. The discovery organization told Artnet News about the importance of the artefacts.
Only fragments of the woman’s tooth enamel have survived, but she is now the subject of curious speculation. Blackmore said that “She was extremely showing a deep belief in religion , but she was a princess? Was she an ascetic? Was she a nun—more than an abbess? We don’t know,”
The seventh century CE was a time of vast cultural change as the U.K. Many areas were converting to Christianity. Previously, only men had been given such luxurious burials, suggesting that by about this time women were gaining some status within the new Christian religion.
“The scale of the wealth is going to change our view of the early medieval period in that area,” said Simon Mortimer, an archeology consultant to the RPS who is supporting the excavation. “The course of history has been nudged, ever so slightly, by this discovery.”
The objects discovered by the Mola conservators are now being analyzed scientifically, looking for evidence of how the objects were used in life or during burial rites.