Thursday, September 22, 2011

Medieval seal from Stone Priory found in a Surrey field

A medieval seal thought to have once belonged to Stone Priory in north Staffordshire has been discovered in a field in Surrey. The bronze object, which bears the image of the Virgin and Child, was found in Cobham by a metal detector enthusiast.

Finds Liaison Officer for Surrey County Council, David Williams, said it was a "complete mystery" how the seal had ended up there.

It is thought to date from between the 13th and 14th Centuries. The seal is an oval shape and pointed at each end. It is about 7cm long, 5cm wide and weighs just 84 grams. In the image the child holds a book in this left hand and appears to be pointing upwards with his right.

Click here to read this article from the BBC