Coroner rules ancient buckle is treasure

A silver buckle dating back 1,200 years has been hailed as “rare” after it was found in a farmer’s field.

The Anglo-Saxon fashioning was discovered by a metal detector near Mildenhall, last October. It features a Trewhiddle-style animal decoration but it is unclear what it would have been used for.

Last week the find was declared treasure at an inquest in Bury St Edmunds where a historian said the finding was “rare”. Dr Helen Geake, from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, said: “It really is quite unusual. The costumes worn at this time don’t appear to need buckles and so they are rarely found.”

The buckle is just 1.2 inches in length and features an animal with its head turned back to look over its body. Andrew Brown, finds recording officer at Suffolk County Council, said the item would have belonged “to a wealthier family”.