Sometimes just one artifact is enough to change our understanding of history. This is exactly what has taken place when a student metal detectorist in UK literally struck gold discovering an object that forces us to reconsider certain historical events. Thomas Lucking discovered an aristocratic burial site in a part of Norfolk overlooked by generations of archaeologists because of its poor soil.

The pendant in the soil. It has now been valued at £145,000 Credit: John Fulcher

Among the buried people, was a female skeleton wearing a pendant of gold imported from Sri Lanka and coins bearing the marks of a continental king.

It’s an extraordinary discovery that prompts a fundamental reassessment of the seats of power in Anglo Saxon England.

A gold cross among the treasure counts as one of the earliest “potent” symbols of Christianity ever found.

According to Dr. Tim Pestell, Senior Curator at the Norwich Castle Museum, “it’s an exceptionally rich find and completely rewrites our understanding of Anglo Saxon history in East Anglia.

The Anglo Saxon pendant found at a grave in Windfarthing, Norfolk Credit: British Museum

Dr. Pestell said that “the person buried in this grave was of the very highest status, certainly aristocratic and quite possibly royal.”

Thomas Lucking who now works as a full-time archaeologist will receive a £145,000 pay-out for this valuable discovery.

He said his share of the eventual price would most likely go towards a deposit on his first house.