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Anglo-Saxon pendant from 6th Century discovered by metal detectorist

by Garry Wilding (2020-07-28)


An amateur metal detectorist has compared finding a 6th century Anglo-Saxon pendant in a muddy field to 'winning the lottery'. 

The shiny piece of gold was originally mistaken to be a 'chocolate coin' due to its immaculate preservation but experts proved it is a gold pendant from 1,500 years ago. 

Rachel Carter, 41, was searching a Kent field with her partner and her metal detector when she stumbled across the find. 

After showing the coin to her partner they realised what she had mistook to be a 'piece of junk' was in fact an authentic piece of British history. 

The find may now feature in a museum with the name of its discoverer underneath.  

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Rachel Carter, 41, was searching a Kent field with her partner and her metal detector when she stumbled across the find.

page1-77px-LO-5-2410-227-12-1.pdf.jpgAfter showing the coin to her partner they realised what she had mistook to be a 'piece of junk' was in fact an authentic piece of British history (pictured)

An amateur metal detectorist has compared finding a 6th century Anglo-Saxon pendant to 'winning the lottery'. The find may now feature in a museum with the name of its discoverer underneath

Ms Carter said: 'As soon as I put the detector down, I got a signal that was going mad so I dug down and pulled out this pendant.

'It was only about five inches down and was so perfect and gold and new-looking that at first I thought it was a bit of junk - you'd think you could unwrap it and eat the chocolate from inside.

'I went over to Ricky and said 'do you reckon this is anything?' and he was like "oh my God." 

Ms Carter and her partner, Ricky Shubert, say it was a sign from her mother who passed away nearly a year before the discovery. 

She restarted the hobby after caring for her elderly mother and made the find at Christmas.

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Using her partner's metal detector, Ms Carter briefly scanned over a section of earth at her friend's farm before setting off to tackle the far side of the field.

But her partner told her she had missed a spot and told her to take another look.

She said: 'Ricky said 'hang on you said you wanted to try this part' and he encouraged me to come back and have another look.

'My mum always said to me "one day you'll find something really special."

'All I ever wanted was to find something gold and religious for her - because she was Catholic - and then I did.

'It's like she sent this as a sign, saying "see? keep going."

'We've been back a few times since then, and haven't found anything.

'Usually you find caps, coins, that sort of thing - but we've found absolutely nothing since.

It's really weird.'

Ms Carter and her partner, Ricky Shubert, say it was a sign from her mother who passed away nearly a year before the discovery.

She restarted the hobby after caring for her elderly mother and made the find at Christmas