[MR] History Blog & BBC: Treasure News from Britain
Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 02:44:33 PST 2023
Today I wish to call your attention to two significant treasure stores.
A Saxon noble woman's grave in Harpole, Northamptonshire, in 2022 has
revealed two major treasure items, which were removed as blocks of soil.
The first was a necklace with over 30 Roman coins and semi-precious stones.
Then x-rays of a second block revealed a large cross featuring a huge
garnet. So far only the garnet has been exposed as conservers carefully
remove the soil.
The BBC story on the Harpole finds is at
The History Blog also reported this story at
The other story is about a heart-shaped gold and enamel locket
commemorating the marriage of Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon. The locket
and its chain were found by metal detectorist in a Warwickshire field in
2019, and immediately reported to authorities. The now-cleaned piece has
just gone on display at the British Museum.
Whether the locket actually belonged to Henry or Catherine cannot be
determined. It may have been a prize awarded by the Royal couple at a
joust, or one commissioned by an admiring courtier. It is a truly unique
The illustrated History Blog story is found at
The BBC story is at
Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge 🦆
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