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Archaeology - Anglo-Saxon
 
Crowle, St Oswald, Saxon stone
Crowle, St Oswald, Saxon stone
Crowle, St Oswald, Saxon stone

This is an Anglo-Saxon cross shaft of Viking inspiration, probably dating from the eleventh century.

The face to the left (facing north) carries a heavy interlace pattern.

August 2015

 

Crowle, St Oswald church, Saxon stone
Horncastle, Anglo Saxon coin pendant
Horncastle, Anglo Saxon coin pendant
Horncastle, Anglo Saxon coin pendant

This pendant was discovered near Horncastle in 2012, and its unorthodox appearance is due to its long history of reuse.

Although the pendant is 6th or 7th Century in date, its life began as a coin in Iron Age Gaul.  The coin was minted in c.70-60BC by the Suessiones tribe.

A male portrait with a strong nose and wavy hair is still clearly visible; on the reverse, the original lion motif is now less so.

We cannot know what happened between the coinís original manufacture and its Anglo Saxon conversion into a pendant, or at what point it entered Lincolnshire, but it was converted through gilding and the addition of a suspension loop and three collets containing inset glass and garnets.

Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection

Horncastle, Anglo Saxon coin pendant, Suessiones tribe, lion motif
Lincoln, Anglo Saxon coin die
Lincoln, Anglo Saxon coin die
Lincoln, Anglo Saxon coin die

This unattractive iron block is actually a coin die, one half of a pair used for striking coins.

This die was discovered on Flaxengate in Lincoln and was used to strike coins for Aethelred II (968-1016).  It is the die for the reverse of the coin.

Lincolnís coin mint was in operation from c.890 Ė 1279 and was one of the most productive in the country, with only London having more moneyers in some periods.

Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection

Archaeology, Lincoln Flaxengate, Aethelred, coin die, mint
Tattershall Thorpe, Anglo Saxon anvil
Tattershall Thorpe, Anglo Saxon anvil
Tattershall Thorpe, Anglo Saxon anvil

This innocuous-looking piece of iron is actually an important are rare survival.

It is a portable metalworking anvil, excavated as part of a grave assemblage at Tattershall Thorpe in 1981, and at the time the only example of its type known from Britain.

The grave assemblage was that of a travelling smith and contained a treasure trove of tools and scraps intended for recycling.

Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection

Tattershall, Thorpe, anvil, smith, iron