Gems of Discovery

Keith Nurse reveals news of Anglo-Saxon jewellery find in Suffolk.

Specialist staff at the British Museum are currently engaged in the final stages of conservation work on an outstanding 1,300 year-old hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold, silver and garnet jewellery unearthed by archaeologists on an industrial estate in lpswich.
Although the exact significance of the finds has yet to be fully assessed they clearly constitute the most important group of Anglo-Saxon jewellery pieces to emerge from East Anglia during the past fifty years.
The Boss Hall Industrial Estate, where the hoard was recovered by members of the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Unit, lies some nine mikes away from the royal cemetery at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, Suffolk. This, of course, was the site of the great ship-burial which, in 1939, yielded the finest gold and garnet ceremonial jewellery to survive from Dark Age Europe.

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