Top Five Finds of the Season

Well I have just downloaded the many pictures I took throughout this eventful season and thought I would share some of the images I took of the finds as they came out of the trenches. I have chosen my top five fav finds. I’m sure some of you will disagree with me but it is a good excuse to have another look. Sorry for the lack of scales, they are only personal images.

At number 5……..


 This was a blade unearthed by Jess in amongst the masonry blocks that form a massive Anglo-Saxon wall in T3. This wall has so far refused to marry-up with any other features in the trench and still remains something of a mystery.

At number 4………


Megan found this crisp broach whilst cleaning Trench 3 for planning.

At number 3 ……….

Worked bone

This beautiful piece of worked bone was excavated from T1 by Nicola. Any ideas what it could be?

At number 2 …………..

Early styca

This styca was found in the NW corner by Constance. We retrieve many stycas from the trench but this is notable for its high silver content, which indicates that is one of the earlier productions, as stycas gain a higher copper content over time and badly corrode in the ground. This styca appears to spell the name Eardwulf who reigned from 796 to 810 AD.

And finally, number 1 ……………

The gold filigree fragment

No surprise here. This piece of gold came from the same area as the styca above. It has been provisionally dated to the 7-8th century and may have links to Irish artisans. It does have more than a passing resemblance to the decoration found on the highly intricate Irish broaches from places like Tara in Ireland. There will be more on the gold found at Bamburgh over the off-season once it has been examined by experts in this field.

5 thoughts on “Top Five Finds of the Season

  1. The Broach is my favourite due to its age and simplicity, could the `worked bone` possibly have been a hair decoration and had hair braided through it? pure guess as i know nothing 🙂

  2. The rivet hole at the base makes me wonder if its part of the decorative back to a comb. We have had similar before.


  3. The gold filigree is superb. Breathtaking. I can’t imagine how it must have meant finding that piece. However I have to give my vote to the broach. An almost everyday item that still carries power in it’s simplicity. A real connection to the past.

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