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Hidden treasures of Saxon burial chamber
Artist's impression of Saxon burial chamber
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An artist's impression of the inside of a Saxon king's burial chamber found in Southend, Essex. Experts say it gives a glimpse into the lives of the super-rich of the Dark Ages
The burial site
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The site was filled with everything a king needed in the afterlife, from his sword and shield to copper bowls, glass vessels and treasures
Four glass pots
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Two pairs of coloured glass vessels were found by archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology Service
Both sides of a gold coin
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A gold coin found during the excavation dates back to the 6th or 7th century
Gold foil crosses
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Inside the chamber, which would have been lined with wood, were two tiny gold foil crosses about 30mm in length
Gold belt buckle
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A gold belt buckle dating from about 600-640





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