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Treasure hunting is a fun pastime but what you find may not be yours.  An Anglo-Saxon gold pendant, found in 2017 near the city of Diss in Norfolk, England, was just declared a national treasure and now belongs to the Crown. The pendant most likely belonged to a “high-status” woman and is believed to date from the late 6th century to the mid-7th century. It has a cross motif and was found near the site of another jewelry find in 2014.  The find, also a gold pendant, was named the Winfarthing Pendant, and was later valued at 145,000 pounds ($192,000 in today’s U.S. dollars). The pendant finds are important, according to British experts, because they date to a turning point in Saxon history, when Christianity was first beginning to take hold. No jewelry has been found in the male graves of this time period.

winfarthing gold pendant jewelry found 6th or 7th century

 

 

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#1 old Pendantpersnickety 2019-05-15 17:32
The finder is not out. The Brits pay current value for the object. You seem to think that the item is confiscated with no remuneration to the finder. Very misleading!

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