The Harpole Treasure

Tue Dec 05 2023 at 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

The Wellington | Birmingham

Birmingham & Warwickshire Archeological Society
Publisher/HostBirmingham & Warwickshire Archeological Society
The Harpole Treasure
At Harpole, Northamptonshire in 2022 during excavation of a late Iron Age to early Roman enclosure site, an extraordinary burial was found..
About this Event

Introducing the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archeological Society's October 2023 lecture!

At Harpole, Northamptonshire in 2022 during excavation by MOLA of a late Iron Age to early Roman enclosure site, an extraordinary burial was found dating to 630 to 670 AD. This elite female was buried on a bed with a necklace made of gold, garnet and semi-precious stones. At her feet were laid two complete decorated pots and, laid on her shoulder, a unique silver cross mounted on wood with a central garnet. The necklace and cross are indicative of a strong Christian belief. The continuing assessment on soil blocks, lifted on site and micro excavated in MoL Laboratory, is now starting to reveal fascinating information about this important lady's burial in what may be the most significant early medieval female burial discovered in Britain.

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Introducing our speaker:

Paul Thompson

Fascinated by British archaeology from very young age as parents visited historic sites on holiday. Worked on local archaeological sites during 1980s and early 90s in Coventry such as Charterhouse, Manor House Drive, Bayley Lane and The Lunt Roman Fort, followed by a HND at Bournemouth University and Degree at Southampton. Worked then for Northamptonshire Archaeology for several years, returning to work at The Herbert, Coventry’s museum as their Archaeology Officer for over 20 years, including managing The Lunt. Worked for MOLA for the past six years as Project Manager working on sites from Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Buckinghamshire, West Midlands and Warwickshire.

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This lecture is FREE for members and members of affiliated societies. Members do not need to book tickets.

This lecture is open to non-members, please book your ticket (£5+booking fee) in order to secure your place.

To find out more about becoming a member of Birmingham and Warwickshire Archeological Society, click here.

Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children who are covered by a BWAS Family Membership must be accompanied by an adult from the same membership.


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The Wellington, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, United Kingdom


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