Saxon artefacts discovered in West Norfolk

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East Walton village sign ENGANL00120121112163514
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A museum is interested in buying two artefacts found by a metal detectorist in West Norfolk.

Stephen Brown found a buckle tongue, which is believed to date back to the early Anglo Saxon era, on land in East Walton.

The fifth to sixth century silver gilded artefact, which featured an animal with bulbous eyes, is approximately 15mm long.

The item was found on January 14 last year.

Mr Brown also found a silver pinhead in Congham during September.

The kite shaped pin, which is decorated with scrolls and tendrils along with flora, dates back to the eighth and ninth centuries.

The middle Saxon period item is 29mm long and weighs 2.55grams.

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake has declared both items as treasure during inquests in Lynn.

Yesterday’s hearings were also told that Norwich Castle Museum is interested in acquiring both items for its collections.