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1500 year-old necklace?

Group of beads and wrist claspA remarkable group of nine Anglo-Saxon glass and amber beads have been recovered by NPS Archaeology during excavation at a site in Norfolk.

The beads come from one of several Saxon graves that had been dug into a prehistoric (Bronze Age) barrow. The site has produced other items originally buried with their owners such as the bronze wrist clasp (one of a pair) seen in the picture, beads, a buckle, an iron knife and the base of a ceramic cup, which may have contained food or drink to sustain the deceased in the afterlife.

The beads and wrist clasps tend to be indicative of a female burial, whereas the buckle and knife are likely to be from a male grave.

Work is ongoing on the site.