Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Number 28: The Holderness cross

A garnet inlaid Anglo-Saxon gold cross from around the 7th century AD found in the Holderness area of the East Riding of Yorkshire in the 1960s, but only identified in the early years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. At this time Christianity was only just being introduced to the Anglo-Saxons, following the mission of St Augustine and his followers. This object therefore probably belonged to one of the first Christians of Northern England. It is now on display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Photo Credit Portable Antiquities Scheme

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