Gold cross found in Anglo-Saxon bed grave

A grave of a young Anglo-Saxon woman lying on a bed has been found in Cambridgeshire. She was buried with a gold and garnet cross comparable in quality to the treasures found at Staffordshire and Sutton hoo. The cross was stitched to the woman's gown.

While the cross indicates she was a Christian, the grave follows the local Pagan burial tradition of burying the dead with some of their personal possessions. The woman was buried with glass beads and other jewelry, as well as her bed.

Other bed burials are known in the area, all female and from the 7th century. [photo and video]