This gold necklace is comprised of 33 links of identical geometrical design with a circular rosette medallion at the center and a chain at one end for closure. It was found as part of a hoard of coins and gold items in the Monastery. Valuable pieces such as this often would be hidden away during times of insecurity.
Provenience: Room H of the Monastery of Lady Mary (Cemetery North 270)
Date: 550 - 599 C.E.
Object Number: 31-50-212
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