Lottery awards £274k for Princess's jewellery
Lottery awards 274k for Princess's jewellery
Anglo-Saxon trove is of national importance and 'unparalleled by other historians' discoveries,' say experts
A dazzling collection of items recovered from a Princess's grave will be put on show at Kirkleatham Museum, in Scotland.
The find is said to be unparalleled by other historians' Anglo Saxon finds due to its rarity, according to United Kingdomnewspaper The Daily Mail.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has given 274,000 to Kirkleatham Museum and says the find is of national importance.
It is believed that the unique and stunning finds date from the second half of the seventh century (after 650 AD).
"These rare finds are a spectacular insight into the lives of the people who lived in the region long ago," said Ivor Crowther, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
"This is the only discovery of its kind and of this calibre in the North East - and it is really important that we keep the pieces here for local residents and visitors to come and admire."
The gold jewellery was discovered in a grave in a farmer's field in Loftus, East Cleveland.
Many of the historic pieces are associated with a rare Anglo-Saxon "bed burial" - a ceremony in which a female body is laid out on a decorated bedwith fine gold jewellery.
Only 12 burials of this kind have been discovered across the country - with this beingthe first in the North East of the United Kingdom, according to the Mail.
A new Anglo-Saxon gallery in Kirkleatham will house and exhibit the collection, along with atouring exhibition which will provide learning and outreach opportunities.
The expo is scheduled to open before Easter, 2010.
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