Secrets in the Stones: Decoding Anglo-Saxon Art. Part 2
Follow the Lozenges
Due to the decline of furnished burials the fashions of the late 7th to 8th centuries were previously largely unknown to us, but a growing number of finds reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme has allowed a previously unknown brooch type to be categorized. These were bizarre - fragile, and of a radically different design than earlier types, but were of a very specific, highly conserved shape, and appear to have become the main high-status dress item of the period. Why were they designed in this way? What, if anything, did they signify?
Our team began discussing this strange fashion in 2020. Little did we know where the trail of the lozenge brooch would lead....