Post by Soren Larsen Post by Peter Alaca Post by Peter Alaca Post by Peter Alaca
"A real gem of a find
A ROYAL Anglo-Saxon cemetery with some of the
finest gold jewellery to be found in Britain has been
discovered in the North-East.
The 109 burials arranged in a rectangular pattern and
dating from around the middle of the Seventh Century,
have been unearthed on farmland near Loftus on Teesside.
"This is the only known Anglo-Saxon royal burial site in
the North of England. It is the most dramatic find of
Anglo-Saxon material for generations - certainly something
to get Beowulf excited about," said Robin Daniels,
archaeological officer with Hartlepool-based Teesside
What is mystifying archaeologists is that the sumptuous
gems are all of a style found in the south of England.
The speculation is that the royals buried on Teesside are
linked to the Kentish princess Ethelburga, who travelled
north to marry Edwin, King of Northumbria."
Post by Soren Larsen Post by Peter Alaca Post by Peter Alaca
The article say that "Mr Daniels said that one of several gold pendants
found was comparable to the famous Sutton Hoo treasure find. "Nothing like
this pendant has been found in this country and we are struggling to find a
European parallel," IF they refer to those on the photo there are at least
some comparable artifact works, one found in Skane and one in
Vendel(Uppland) and some in an area from Skönberg to Grebo. (In one of the
places English coin from 9th and 10th century been found).
Where can we find those 'comparable artefacts' illustrated?
I'm guessing that the pendant in question is the cloisonne thingie.
IN one of the cases, since the article compared with Sutton-Hoo it's highly
relevant, there is a photo of the sword-'button' (Alan? is that the correct
word for 'svärdknapp'? photos can be found in more than one English of the
works re. Sutton-Hoo comparing that with the finding in Vendel and the other
way round. (I can't go into the room where one of the books is in this. A
In the case of Skane the easiest thing is starting with the ref. to the
golden and silver artifacts in question is presented by Märtha Strömberg in
a small popular-archaeology book "Järnåldersguld i Skåne, Lund 1963 " The
artifacts found are among other gilden silver with niello-inlay artifacts
from expensive horse bridles, saddles and warman's armoury + weapons. Found
during excavations along a line from Sösdala to Häglinge (Ringsjön). Dated
to 5th century.
In the Östergötland cases some can be read about in works of Cnattingius
Bengt; Harald Stale's and other old archaeologists works. The artifacts in
question swords and warman's armoury found in Skärkind's and Skönberga's
parish from late 19th century.Where the artifacts are to be found now, I
can't remember from my notes.
Post by Soren Larsen
It is certainly not without parralel in Europe but
it absolutely an indicator of the presence of high level people when
found in a germanic context.
Not as exclusive as the Golden necklaces from Migration Age found in
Västergötland, Östergötland and Tjust, Småland.
But still good high level work.
Comparable with SHM3163 found in Kville, Bohuslän:
more of those findings can be seen here:
Comparable also with SHM32480 found in Spelvik, Södermanland:
Also comparable with SHM6295 found on island Gotland:
For further comparing you also can look closer on the artifacts from Vendel.
With closer I mean starting by looking at enlarged photos of the findings
Bronze as well as gilden and gold artifacts to look closer at:
More for those who can read and write a Swedish to be found in
http://mis.historiska.se/mis/sok/sok.asp?qtype=bild of course chosing
accurate Swedish word to help the search.
Some of the artifacts found during excavation form late 18th to mid 20th
century are unfortunalty not to be found i Statens Historiska Museums
photoarchieve. Reasons might in some cases be that they got lost over the
years or that they are privately owned.