British Collection Highlights:

Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Faversham, Kent

The inhumation cemetery at Kings Field, Faversham was found in 1859 by railway workers digging a new cutting. Little is now known about the individual graves, but the finds surviving suggest it was probably the richest Anglo-Saxon site in Kent, and dated to the sixth to seventh centuries. A Roman inhumation and cremation cemetery from an earlier period was also recorded at the time.

The site of the cemetery is now built over. However, Kent Archaeological Field Unit have been excavating in gardens and pieces of open ground to determine the extent of the cemetery and how much of it survives.

These objects are part of the Cecil Brent collection that was sold at Sotheby's in 1902, acquired by Lord Grantley, sold by him at Glendinings in 1942, and subsequently purchased by the Ashmolean Museum. Other objects formed part of the John Evans collection and were donated to the museum.


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Gilt and garnet disc brooch (Click to enlarge)

Silver-gilt jewelled disc brooch from Faversham, Kent (5.1cm diameter) (AN1909.196)

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Gold Bracteate (Click to enlarge)

Seventh century gold bracteate from Faversham, Kent (4cm diameter) (AN1909.194)

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Gold jewelled pendant (Click to enlarge)

Gold jewelled pendant from Faversham, Kent (3.7cm diameter) (AN1909.207)

Further Information

C. Smith and F. Stephens, 1871, Catalogue of Anglo-Saxon and other antiquities discovered at Faversham

R.A. Smith, 1908, in Victoria History of the County of Kent, Vol I, p370

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Christine Edbury
January 2012