Britain: Archaeologists uncover 1,300 year-old necklace with cross pendant which belonged to female Christian leader
(Worthy News) – Archaeologists conducting a dig at a burial site in Britain have uncovered an elaborate gold necklace with a cross pendant which likely belonged to an affluent female Christian leader between 630 to 670 A.D, some 1,300 years ago, the Christian Post (CP) reports.
The Museum of London Archeology conducted the dig in Northamptonshire in the Midlands on behalf of the Vistry Group in April this year, CP reports.
An impressive, heavy-looking piece, the necklace is made up of a string of large pendants believed to have been colored burgundy, blue, red, green, and gold in their prime, CP reports. At the center of the piece is a large cross.
In a statement, Katherine Newton, a MOLA communications officer, said: “The necklace is made up of a staggering number of pendants. There are Roman gold coins, semi-precious stones set in gold, and decorated glass pendants set in gold. The centerpiece of this necklace is a large rectangular pendant made of red garnets and gold, with a cross motif.”
“We currently think that it is almost certainly a female burial because similar necklaces and extravagant burials are almost exclusively found in female burials in this period,” Newton added.
The jewelry has not yet been valued but is considered one of the most important archaeological finds in recent years, the Vistry Group said in a statement. The necklace will eventually be gifted to the United Kingdom, CP said.
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