Tomb casts light on dark age

Pioneer helmet (Wollaston helmet) mention

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Tomb casts light on dark age - Tomb casts light on dark age A GRAVE unearthed...
Tomb casts light on dark age A GRAVE unearthed in a Northamptonshire gravel quarry has revealed the remains of a wealthy Saxon princeling and shed fresh light on the history history of Britain's Dark Ages. The tomb's other contents an iron-crested iron-crested iron-crested helmet, a steel sword and a bronze hanging bowl have been described as the most significant significant finds of the decade. Archaeologists, working at the site near Wellingborough for the past 18 months, had already uncovered traces of a Roman vineyard capable of producing 15,000 bottles of white wine a year. The latest find probably dates from around AD 650, long after tribes of invading Angles had overpowered the previous Romano-Celtic Romano-Celtic Romano-Celtic civilisation. Rosemary Cramp of Durham Durham university, one of Britain's Britain's leading a ies on Saxon archaeology, said yesterday: "This is a hugely significant find which will interest people worldwide. "The armour of one of our first war leaders will enable us to get a far better picture and increase our know-how know-how know-how of those fascinating times." Ian Meadows, site director for the Northamptonshire archaeology archaeology team, said discovering discovering the 18 acre vineyard was "the first proof of Roman viticulture in Britain. That was exciting enough. But for those of us used to spending long periods on back-breaking back-breaking back-breaking back-breaking excavations, with little to show for our efforts, finding an Anglo-Saxon Anglo-Saxon Anglo-Saxon helmet as well within a relatively short period of time was a huge reward." The rusted helmet has a nose guard and crescent-shaped crescent-shaped crescent-shaped cheek protectors. It has a crest in the form of a boar. Only three similar helmets helmets have been retrieved: from Benty Grange, Derbyshire, Derbyshire, in 1861, the royal Saxon burial at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, in 1939, and a deep pit during the Coppergate excavations in York in 1982. The Northamptonshire finds were spotted during a metal-detecting metal-detecting metal-detecting survey of the quarry, which has been subsidised subsidised by the Australian developers developers Pioneer Aggregates, who are to pay for conservation conservation of the helmet, sword and bowl. Anthony Read, antiquities conservator at Leicester City Museums, who will carry out the delicate recovery work, said: "The sword is a superb piece of craftsmanship. "Steel was very difficult to produce then. It is highly patterned patterned and was kept in a wool-lined wool-lined wool-lined scabbard, the remains of which were still present. "The lanolin from the fleece would have kept the blade greased." mJifit i BBBBBBBHlP BBBKkIBBhKBe w BP5iw'iPBBBBBBBBBklI BBBBBBBBfc!aBBBL BBBTBTBTBTBTBTBTbV bTbTbTbTaTJjBebTbT bbTbTbTbTkmBbTbTbTbTk stWt YbTbTbTbTbTbTbTbT JbTbTb TaaBaaW aN k m aeB .BOeaUBMr earn PHOTOGRAPH RAYMONDS PRESS AGENCY Artist's impression of how the helmet looked on its Saxon princeling Evidence of an aristocrat warrior Identity may never emerge from decayed remains but artefacts will illuminate his life and times for benefit of archaeologists The pyre was erected, the ruddy gold brought from the hoard, And the best warrior of scyld-ing scyld-ing scyld-ing race was ready for the burning. Displayed on his pyre, plain to see were the bloody mail shirts. The boars on the helmet, iron hard and gold clad. Beowulf, circa AD 700. THE identity of the high caste warrior whose body was entombed more than 1,300 years ago may never emerge from his decayed remains, but the pagan artefacts around him have already enabled archaeologists archaeologists to begin reconstructing reconstructing his times. From their quality it is clear that he was a tribal leader, perhaps an aristocrat aristocrat or junior prince. The helmet suggests that it was worn for battle rather than for purely ceremonial ceremonial occasions. The boar represented the Germanic deity Freyr, a symbol invoking invoking protection in combat. References to boars' crests occur several times in the Saxon sagas of Beowulf Beowulf and in some Scandina-vian Scandina-vian Scandina-vian plates. The animal normally indicated noble rank. On the helmet found at Benty Grange. Derbyshire, the pagan boar is accompanied accompanied by a silver Christian cross. The wearer probably hoped he had a double insurance insurance policy. Lesser Saxons and Angles relied on leather casques to protect their heads from enemy swords. Little of the skeleton has survived, but the teeth indicate indicate a middle-aged middle-aged middle-aged man. The skull and mandible had become detached, suggesting suggesting that the head had been laid on a pillow. a

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  1. The Guardian,
  2. 23 Apr 1997, Wed,
  3. Page 7

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