About the object
Archaeologists say that Anglo-Saxon gold could be buried here! What might you find if you dig? What other hidden treasures (not just gold!) are in our town?
Archaeologists have found that the 20-foot high Montem Mound in Central Slough is a rare Anglo Saxon burial site, built 1,500 years ago. About the same time as the famous burial mounds of Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, and the nearby burial mound at Taplow, it is likely to mark the resting place of someone of high status and could contain artefacts such as helmets and brooches.
Viking jewellery was intricate, well-made and of great value to the wearer. Both men and women adorned themselves with jewellery, developing the Viking style from the countries they had visited. These included necklaces, rings, bracelets and brooches. Some of the skills required were carving, engraving and hammering. Vikings often used animal bones, pewter (a grey mixture of metals) or bronze to make their jewellery. Those who were wealthier would use silver, or the even rarer gold.
As part of our Make With the Museum series at The Curve Club, you can make a Montem Mound Viking brooches – is there ancient treasure buried here in Slough? Create your own brooch fit for a Viking warrior!