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Rare medieval seal matrix found in Moulton

A man gardening at his Moulton home has discovered a rare medieval seal matrix.

Andrew Deaton's discovery included a depiction of St Margaret of Antioch with the devil.

It was one of 200 finds reported to Lincolnshire County Council's archaeology service so far this year.

The rare type of medieval seal matrix (38967400)
The rare type of medieval seal matrix (38967400)

Almost 85,000 objects and over 150 coin hoards have been found in Lincolnshire since 1997, when the national scheme of reporting locally found objects, began. And this year, over 1.5 million objects have been recorded nationally.

Lisa Brundle, finds liaison officer at Lincolnshire County Council, explains: "It's amazing what people are finding in the county. We've seen everything from prehistoric stone axes, Bronze Age sword pommels, Iron Age brooches, Roman tweezers, coin hoards, early medieval cemeteries and medieval buckles to post-medieval bells.

"People come to us with their items, and we work with a team of volunteers from across the county to research and catalogue them."

Before lockdown, Elliot Luke (20), from Durham, a student at the University of Lincoln, was a volunteer with the archaeology team.

He said: "Coins are extremely fun to identify – and there are so many ways to do it - from photographing various angles, changing the contrast on images to highlight details, to just old-fashioned comparisons by spotlight and magnifying glass against old records. It is amazing. For me, it just reinforces how close we are to our heritage, and how important it is that we remember this."

For more information about finds in your local area visit www.finds.org.uk

If you'd like to become a volunteer or to report an archaeological find, contact lisa.brundle@lincolnshire.gov.uk or follow the work of her team on Twitter @HistPlacesLincs

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