A hoard of Late Roman jet jewellery, discovered during excavations off Hall Street in Chelmsford (the Roman town of Caesaromagus).

The jewellery is exquisitely carved and includes a Lion pendant, an articulated necklace and bracelet, hairpins, an armlet, and the Medusa Pendant, described as 'the finest found in Britain'. The collection illustrates the adornment of a wealthy lady of Late Roman Britain, and is likely to have been a votive deposit. Jet is a form of petrified wood and was collected at Whitby in Yorkshire.


Excavated in 1972 in Chelmsford; on permanent display at Chelmsford Museum since 1991.


Back to top