Discovery of Anglo Saxon burials of national significance

Excavations were conducted for HS2 (the purpose-built high speed rail line) close to the English town of Wendover.

It uncovered one of Britain's biggest Anglo-Saxon burial sites, which was buried between the fifth and sixth centuries AD.

According to descriptions of the burials, the majority of them included high-status grave goods, which suggests the location served as the final resting place for a prosperous Anglo-Saxon settlement nearby.

Along with traces of Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman activities, the site has 138 graves, 141 inhumation burials, and 5 cremation remains.

Two brooches in the form of silver coin brooches or disk brooches with gilding were discovered in many graves.

The majority of brooches were worn on the collarbone, indicating that they were initially attached to clothing like cloaks or a peplos (a long garment worn by women).

As well as diverse metals and raw materials needed to create the artifacts, some of the items discovered may have been brought from other parts of Europe.

Over 2000 beads, 89 brooches, 40 buckles, 51 knives, 15 spearheads, 7 shield bosses, and a bucket made of iron and wood were were discovered during the excavations.