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MP bids for artefacts to remain
Anglo-Saxon jewellery found near Redcar
The artefacts will be valued by the British Museum
An MP is calling on culture ministers to ensure that a collection of ancient artefacts found on Teesside remains on display in the North East.

Spectacular jewellery discovered near Redcar is thought to be the remains of the only known Anglo-Saxon royal burial site in the north of England.

It is due to be examined by the British Museum to establish its age and value.

Ashok Kumar, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, will raise the issue in the House of Commons.

He wants the artefacts, which also include clothing and weaponry, to be kept on public view at Kirkleatham Museum, where they are currently housed.

Mr Kumar said: "This is a stunning find and gives us a vivid picture of life amongst high-class Saxon families living in the seventh or eight century.

Ancient king

"I believe everyone in East Cleveland would want to see these treasures kept here so that local people and local schoolchildren can view them as part of their local heritage and as a visual aid to their understanding of the past."

The 109-grave cemetery was uncovered by local enthusiasts, led by freelance archaeologist Steve Sherlock, who unveiled the findings earlier this month.

Traditionally, Anglo-Saxon royalty were buried in the south, but it is thought that the royals found near Redcar could be linked to Edwin, ancient King of Northumbria.

A spokeswoman for the British Museum said it was too early to speculate about the exhibit's future, but the ultimate decision would probably be made by whoever is granted ownership.

However, it is a good idea for local museums to register their interest as soon as possible, she added.



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