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Builders in Cambridge were in for a surprise when they discovered highly significant Anglo-Saxon remains on a new housing development.
A range of treasures, including vases, jewellery and pots from early English nobles were found, which date as far back as 501 AD.
Findings - Insight - People - Ango-Saxon - Period
The findings give an insight into how people lived in the Ango-Saxon period, including their trade activities and behaviours.
The site lies on the western edge of the Middle Saxon settlement around the Cherry Hinton area of Cambridge.
Findings - Jewellery - Brooches - Glass - Beads
Findings include precious jewellery such as fine brooches, multi-coloured glass and amber beads, rings and hairpins dating back to the sixth century AD, as well as remnants of an original village-style settlement.
Complete pottery vessels were also found on the land, earmarked for 60 homes, including a stunning rare glass claw beaker.
Drinking - Vessels - Kent - France - Netherlands
These elaborate drinking vessels are normally found further south in Kent, northern France, the Netherlands and Germany, where they were produced.
Utilitarian tools such as small knives and weaponry were also among the findings on the site which provides a fascinating insight into the lifestyle and clothing of the ancient Anglo-Saxon era.
Hawkins - Head - Archaeology - Build - Heritage
Duncan Hawkins, Head of Archaeology and Build Heritage for CgMs which helped unearth the treasures, said: 'Evidence of the time period 5th to 7th century AD is almost non-existent.
'This gives us a highly important...
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