New Archaeology – Monasteries and Bling

Picture from the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Recently declared as Treasure Trove this 7th Century gold pendant once adorned a high status Anglo Saxon lady. It was found close to the site that produced the amazing Winfarthing Pendant.

In case one imagined that extent of  Anglo Saxon ladies Christian commitment went no further than wearing posh jewellery, an impressive list of such ladies founded or ruled monasteries in the 7th Century.  In Norfolk , St. Withburga  founded a monastery at Dereham and her sister another on the Isle of Ely.

Now news has come from  Scotland that archaeologists have discovered the site of the 7th C double monastery at Coldingham, founded by St Aebba