A 1,400-year-old gold pendant found in a field by a metal detectorist has been donated to the Beaney Museum in Canterbury. The superbly-crafted Anglo-Saxon piece, which is about the size of a 50p coin, is made of beaded gold wire and includes an intricate four-legged design, widely used in the period. It was discovered at Manston and reported under the Treasure Act procedure to the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Experts at the British Museum then dated the pendant to the early Anglo-Saxon period of the end of the 6th century or early 7th century AD. Now, with funding from the Friends of Canterbury Museums, it has been gifted to the Beaney, which already houses a collection of Anglo-Saxon gold jewellery from east Kent. It was presented to Canterbury City Council’s director of museums and galleries, Jo Jones, by Friends member Mary Berg and is on display now. Ms Jones said:
“We’re delighted to receive the donation of this stunning gold pendant from the Friends. The group is very supportive of all our museums in the city and we’re grateful for their generosity. I’m sure the pendant will prove popular with our visitors.”
Ms Berg added:
“Chance finds of long-lost pieces such as this can add so much to our knowledge of east Kent. The Friends are glad to have ensured that this little artistic masterpiece can be enjoyed by all of us as well as being available for study.”
Herne Bay Gazette, November 27th 2014