How To Date An Artefact - Tudor Pendant of Henry VIII And Katherine of Aragon
How To Date An Artefact - Tudor Pendant of Henry VIII And Katherine of Aragon
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How does one go about dating an artefact that was found in a field in England by a metal detectorist? And by dating we’re not talking dinner and a movie with your favourite curb chain…

As part of the Treasure process in the UK, artefacts found by metal detectorists that happen to be of a high percentage precious metal, need to go through a process of identification and classification. Join curator, Rachel King as she investigates the clues found on this spectacular gold pendant to shed some light on when it was made, by whom and for whom. 

Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:00 A Quick Aside – Terminus dates
  • 02:45 Investigating the clues on the front
  • 03:48 The clues on the back 
  • 04:39 Dating the materials
  • 05:00 The Gold Standard
  • 06:06 Enamel decoration
  • 07:47 The Tudor Curb chain
  • 09:55 Johann Froben
  • 11:46 Jousting at Greenwich
  • 13:20 Who could afford such an artefact?

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