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Bawburgh Plaque - Front View

Bawburgh Plaque

This plaque is probably Late Anglo-Saxon, dating from about 1000-1100AD. It was found at Bawburgh in Norfolk.

The unusual plaque is made of lead sheet and is inscribed on both sides. It would originally have been flat and rectangular. ‘Saward’, an Old English name, is scratched on one side, within a cross. The rest of the writing appears to be in Latin and records the burial of someone, but it is extremely difficult to decipher.

The plaque was found close to Bawburgh church, and is similar to other plates that were fixed to or buried in coffins. These plates are rare and are usually found in burials of wealthy or important people.

The plaque measures 5 by 3.5cm.