Football may or may not be home in England in Sunday 22 euros final to Wembley, but new archaeological discoveries illustrate quite how long cherished the Three Lions in in teams home country.
Tiny medieval pendant, made made of copper alloy and with the famous heraldic badge emblem came to light after found late last year from metal detectors in Wormleyton, Warwickshire. Dated to the 12th century the pendant was designed hanging from a harness, chosen motif out in red enamel and gold.
Medieval harness pendants are not uncommon and are often reversed. up in excavations, but, according to archaeologists, they are usually very worn. On the contrary, the condition of this item is quite remarkable and it is very rare to see a pendant with horse harness like this is from an archaeological context in such a great state of conservation,” said Dr. Don McLaren. of Connect archeology.
Most of red enamel and some of the gilding is still present, especially on areas of an object that is less likely to be weathered while it was in use. Archaeologists suspect the object is barely 2 cm in size. in width may have become detached from its fitting during in use and was quite new when lost.
The motif of the three lions was connected with weapon of England since King Henry II (1133-1189) added a lion to two previously shown by William the Conqueror, probably to represent his marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine. Heraldic sign – strictly, in this case, “red, three lions, passing guard” – was in use crown between 1189 and 1340 and were associated with English throne in various forms since then.
The Football Association was using symbol of three lions (more usually with lions in blue) from the end of the 19th century; a version of this is also cricket used by the ECB.
The pendant, while medieval, was found close to late series of Late Iron Age and Romano-British enclosures being excavated as part of of current HS2 development. The site is close to an important medieval settlement of Wormleyton (Wimelstone) in Domesday Book), and archaeologists believe that the find is almost certainly related to the agricultural activities of that period.
A spokesman for HS2 said: “The whole country has received behind England womenx team and we hope so great find will inspire lionesses to create their own artwork of history on Sunday.”