Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Teesside Anglo-Saxon treasure to remain in the area

From BBC News

Rare Anglo-Saxon treasures discovered in a Teesside field will almost certainly be allowed to remain in the area, the government has said.

Gold jewellery, weapons and clothing were found at a 109-grave cemetery, near Redcar, believed to date from the middle of the 7th Century.

Excavations were carried out after freelance archaeologist Steve Sherlock studied an aerial photo of the land.

Culture Minister Margaret Hodge said the find would not end up in London.

The site is thought to be the only one in the north of England which may have connections with the ancient Royal Family of Northumbria.

Amid concerns that the treasures could end up displayed at the British Museum, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Ashok Kumar, raised the case in the House of Commons.

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