Last year we reported on a range of historically important Roman finds that had been uncovered on a development site that GRM had been working on in Northamptonshire. Our ground investigation uncovered a previously unknown Roman temple along with at least 10 bread ovens and related features for drying the wheat (before being made into bread or beer). The full article can be found here.
More recently we have been working on another site in the same county for a separate developer. An archaeological survey suggested potential remains of interest, and a subsequent investigation by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) has just confirmed the discovery of a “once in a lifetime” gold necklace dating back to 630-670 AD. The Early Medieval 1,300-year-old object was found in a grave of a woman who was likely to have been of high status, possibly royalty. The necklace has at least 30 pendants and beads made of Roman coins, glass, garnet stones, and other semi-precious stones. It is set in gold.
Details of the object and other finds from the site (already coined the ‘Harpole Treasure’) have been widely reported both nationally and internationally:
The full story of the finds is also set to feature on BBC Two’s Digging for Britain in January, with Professor Alice Roberts investigating the discovery and subsequent research by the Museum of London Archaeology.
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