9TH-13TH CENTURY.  Plain bronze disk, just over ¾” diameter with integral loop and suspension ring. Bronze with scaly green surface. Made plain and inexpensive, these served as jewelry for the poor and could be hand engraved or scratch decorated to suit. Excavated, probably during the grave clearances in English churchyards which were done periodically to make room for newer burials. Burial in the churchyard brought you close to God, but space was limited and those nearer our hearts had priority over those whose names were forgotten. By English law, graves may be opened after 75 years and the buried were often replaced by more recently deceased. Graves were periodically dug up, and the bones removed to storage, making space for newcomers. It happened all over Europe, north to south and no jewelry is preserved with the bones.
Stock Number: A2120

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