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
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.