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Anglo-Saxon treasure

A circular red, blue and gold belt brooch

The Kingston Brooch is the largest and finest Anglo-Saxon brooch of its kind ever found. It is made of gold with settings of garnet, blue glass and shell, and is over 1300 years old. The Rev. Bryan Faussett excavated the brooch in 1771 at a place called Kingston Down in Kent. Underneath a large burial mound was a huge grave containing a sturdy coffin with the skeleton of a small woman wearing the brooch that we believe was made between 600 and 625.

The Rev. Bryan Faussett excavated many other graves from several sites in Kent in the South-east of England.

This brooch is on display in our Weston Discovery Centre, as the Ancient World gallery is currently closed for redevelopment