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Bejewelled relic found in north Norfolk potato field

PUBLISHED: 12:22 09 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:04 11 September 2017

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake. Photo: Bill Smith

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake. Photo: Bill Smith

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A field in north Norfolk may not be the first place you would think to look for bejewelled relics, but one Norfolk resident was just that lucky.

On May 11, 2017, Matthew O’Driscal was searching an agricultural field with a metal detector when he dug up a garnet-encrusted element of Middle Saxon jewellery.

It is believed that the object belongs to a larger piece of jewellery, for example a necklace or brooch.

Mr O’Driscal told the Norfolk Coroner’s Court on September 7 that he was “looking forward to going back and finding the rest of it”.

The 17th century relic has attracted some attention from Norwich Castle Museum, after it was verified by the British Museum.

Senior Coroner for Norfolk, Jacqueline Lake, ruled that the piece was treasure.

The same court also heard how a number of coins had also been found in Aldborough. These were also ruled as treasure.

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