The Saxons

Purse

The Anglo-Saxons liked to show off their wealth. This is the lid of a leather purse that would have hung from a belt. The purse, with gold decoration, is the richest one found from the Saxons time.

Purse

The purse was probably attached to a wide leather belt by the three hinges at the top and fastened by the sliding catch at the bottom.

Below is a replica of the purse as it might have looked

Replica of purse

The purse contained 37 gold coins. These coins helped to date the burial and provide some clues about who was buried in the grave. The coins date around AD 613.

coins

Who do you think owned the money?

Do you think they were rich or poor?

Were they a ......

Saxon soldier, a Saxon king or a Saxon monk ?

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