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CHER Number:03159
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Saxon pendant, Ely

Summary

C7th pendant made of crystal, gold, garnet and amethyst coloured glass, probably ploughed out near site of AS cemetery.

Grid Reference:TL 52 77
Parish:Thetford, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire

Monument Type(s):

  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 700 AD)

Associated Finds:

  • PENDANT (Early Saxon to Middle Saxon - 601 AD to 700 AD)

Full description

1. Pendant made of crystal, gold, garnet and amethyst coloured glass, probably ploughed out near site of AS cemetery. The foundation of the pendant is a flattened disc bead of clear colourless rock crystal, 3cm in diameter and 1cm in thickness. The crystal has been worked on a lathe and the edges of the central perforation, which is 1cm in diameter, have been countersunk. "The workmanship suggests comparison with that of the well-known crystal balls sometimes found in AS graves in this district." The workmanship is not particularly good; it can be dated AD 600 - 700(C7).

Sources and further reading

<1>Article in serial: Lethbridge, T. C.. 1952. PCAS 46. p. 1.