Lunch break worker finds gorgeous medieval gem hidden among rocks and stones. But would you have spotted it?
A gorgeous piece of jewellery dating back over 1,000 years has been found by a Polish man talking a stroll during his lunch break.
Eagle-eyed Mateusz Adamczyk stumbled upon the beautifully preserved bead whilst walking along the banks of the River Thames in London.
The ex-pat who works close to Battersea Park had been ambling along the river bank when his eye was caught by a glinting piece of gold, virtually hidden amongst the rocks and stones.
Bending down to take a further look, he discovered the precious piece of jewellery which experts say dates back around 1,000 years to the late Anglo-saxon times, reports the Polish website History Scout.
Stunned Mateusz sent photos of his incredible medieval find to the British Museum in London where it was assessed by their Portable Antiquities Scheme.
They confirmed that the piece of jewellery which measures just over 1cm and is studded with delicate ringlets was most likely genuine and will now begin a more detailed examination.
Although now ownership officially belongs with the Crown, after six months Mateusz will be able to claim a finder’s reward of 100 percent of the treasure’s value, which could be a significant amount.
Anglo-Saxon jewellery discovered by a history student in Norwich in 2014 was valued at £145,000.
Anglo-Saxons were the main cultural group living in Great Britain from the 5th century up until the Norman invasion of 1066.
Much Anglo-Saxon art and jewellery was influenced by people from central Europe.
The jewellery which was worn by both men and women used a lot of gold and was admired as far away as Italy.