Loftus Anglo Saxon Princess

The posts following this one represent a week long event at Loftus Town Hall. Click here to view these items in the order they were posted

Approximately six years ago Archaeologist Steve Sherlock working with local volunteers made a discovery of International significance. This was in an Iron Age site at Street House near Loftus on land owned by farmer Alan Bothroyd. Spectacular Anglo-Saxon remains were found that made headlines. The team found gold and silver brooches which could be the the only known Anglo Saxon royal burial site in the North of England. What really captured peoples imaginations was the discovery of the grave of an un-named Anglo Saxon Princess.

The finds will be displayed at Kirkleatham Museum but for a week in May 2011 the exhibition will take place in the community where there are likely to be people descended from the Loftus Princess !

The exhibition in Loftus Town Hall is a culmination of hard work by Redcar and Cleveland Council, Loftus Town Council, Kirkleatham Museum, The Local Community, School Children and Steve Sherlock himself. The Exhibition runs at Lofus Town Hall from the 9th to the 13th of May. We’ll bring you pictures and stories from the event plus some excerpts from Steve’s book on this website.

Steve Sherlock Story #3

Here’s the third posting from Steve Sherlock. This is copyright material so please treat accordingly. These pictures will be available in a book from Kirkleatham Museum quiet soon.

Grave 43

Grave 43 was situated next to the bed burial (grave 42) and also contained a spectacular group of objects that are unique to the site. It is thought that the gold, silver and glass jewellery in this grave was worn on a fine thread, possibly cotton, although nothing of this material survived. The jewellery was hung in a pattern that was repeated on each side of a centrepiece of a triangular-shaped gold pendant set with an interesting glass bead. On each side of the pendant was a biconical gold wire bead, followed by a silver sphere or bulla, followed by a silver bead with a pattern of decoration copying the gold wire and then a glass bead at each end. The grave also contained a further gold wire bead and a silver annular brooch. This brooch may have fastened part of the headdress, sometimes called a coif.


Still To Come

A poem from John Stockwell plus a downloadable Anglo-Sax

on Quiz !

Also another posting from Steve Sherlock