Saxon brooch with gold and square garnets: late 7th century
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Circular brooch decorated with gold and square garnets. The garnets form a ring around the edge and a four pointed star in the centre. In August 2000 archaeologists from AOC Archaeology Group begun excavations in Floral Street, Covent Garden, in the heart of Lundenwic, the early Saxon town of London. There they uncovered a number of graves. One of them, the grave of a woman, contained this ornate brooch. It is made of copper decorated with gold plates and gold wire, and set with a mosaic of polished garnets. Fewer than twenty brooches of this type have ever been found. They were fashionable among aristocratic Anglo-Saxon ladies, particularly in Kent, in the 600s, and the woman in the grave must have been noble, possibly even of royal birth.
650 AD - 700 AD