An elaborately carved Anglo-Saxon stone is up for auction in a move that has upset scholars of the period. Nick Evered bought his house eight years ago with the stone already in it, and decided to sell it in order to be relieved of responsibility for the ancient artifact. The Evereds' home sits on the site of the hermitage of eighth-century St.Pega, Britain's first female hermitic saint.
Professor Rosemary Cramp from Durham University, who leads a project to catalogue such stones, hopes that the eventual buyer will continue to make the stone available to scholars. Pre-auction bids have already risen so high as to make it unlikely that the University can purchase it.