Metalwork and Glassware
An array of corroded and fragmentary iron and copper alloy artefacts have been identified including keys, latch-lifters, buckles and coins. These are the extraordinary remains of life on a seventh-century Anglo-Saxon royal settlement: items produced, handled and used by the inhabitants of Yeavering over 1,300 years ago.
A fine example of glass jewelery is shown here. These are segmented glass beads and were discovered as part of a cremation on the site.
All the metalwork has been x-rayed, allowing us to see the items more clearly and identify and categorise them more readily, as in the case of a corroded ‘ring’ that, under x-ray, revealed itself to be an iron buckle with silver inlay of a type known to have been produced in northern France during the late 5th early 6th century.
The mystery object above is described as a 'iron swivel' though the exact use is unknown.
However the 'swivel' closely resembles a modern day device for holding a door closed. The example on the right is no more ancient than the rest of Roger's house.