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Shakespeare Connected - Not to Be: Death in the Collection

Anglo-Saxon Square-Headed Brooch

A woman living in Warwickshire at around the time Christianity reached Britain’s shores probably wore this brooch. Anglo-Saxon burial goods have been found at sites throughout the UK next to their owners’ cremated remains. Though we know little about Anglo-Saxon beliefs on death and the afterlife they may have believed one’s earthly possessions were significant beyond the grave. What is remarkable is the Roman ring incorporated in this brooch. Romans had been gone from these shores two hundred years by the time this brooch was made.

SBT 2000-72/1


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