The 250 items of Anglo-Saxon treasure dating back more than 1500 years are all set to be sold at an auction for up to £80,000.

The items include 1,000-year-old skull and the haul was first identified in 1962 when a history teacher called Gordon Taylor stumbled across a piece of human bone.

Later, after the excavation revealed nearly 72 graves at the site located at Welbeck Hill in Irby-on-Humber, Lincolnshire.

Tweezers, jewellery, amber, scissors and pottery beads were found from the excavations.

Following the death of Mr Taylor, two years ago aged 88, the collection is being auctioned.

His wife Muriel said, “’It’s so important to me that this collection stays together.I would like it to be preserved in a museum. It’s my late husband’s life work and a crucial part of England’s Anglo-Saxon history.”

She added, “Gordon used to enjoy field walking and, one day in 1962, came across a piece of femur bone and a fragment of Anglo-Saxon pottery on the surface. He consulted the farmer who owned the land to gain permission to dig. That was the start of a 17-year excavation. He hadn’t studied archaeology before but was so excited about it.”

 

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