This pendant comes from a grave excavated on the site of the St Mary’s Football Stadium, in advance of its opening in 2001.
The grave belonged to a young woman, aged 16-20 years. She must have been of high status because of the quality of the objects buried with her. This pendant was part of a necklace she was wearing, and is made of gold with inlaid garnets.
The cemetery is dated to about 700AD. This Saxon cemetery was not excavated in its entirety as some of it lay under the new pitch, and was at a sufficiently deep level that it would not be disturbed by the new works.
When the season began, the Saints suffered some embarrassingly poor results. These were blamed on the Saxon graves lying underneath the pitch and retribution from the troubled spirits below who were obviously not Southampton fans.
Therefore, a white witch was called in, and publicly performed an exorcism ceremony on the pitch. Unfortunately for the Saints, this did not really help and it wasn’t until much later that changes in manager and chief exec brought about the desired changes in fortune.
The grave from which the pendant was excavated lies beneath what is now the West Stand of the St Mary's stadium.
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