London worker finds 1,000-year-old jewellery by River Thames on lunch break

A London worker walking by the River Thames during his lunch break has discovered a piece of Anglo Saxon jewellery believed to be more than 1,000 years old.

Mateusz Adamczyk was taking a walk in Battersea Park, southwest London when he saw something small glinting on the river bank.

After closer inspection, he was stunned to discover a beautifully preserved bead covered in gold.

The eagle-eyed Polish ex-pat, who works close to the park, said the piece of jewellery, measuring just 1cm across, was virtually hidden amongst the rocks and stones.

Experts say the stone dates back more than 1,000 years to late Anglo Saxon times, reports the Polish website History Scout.

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Mateusz sent pictures of the astonishing medieval find to the British Museum where it was tested by their Portable Antiquities Scheme.

There, experts confirmed the jewellery, studded with delicate ringlets, was most likely genuine.

They will now carry out a more detailed examination on the precious artefact.

The jewellery is now officially the property of the Crown, but after six months, Mateusz will be able to claim a finder's reward of 100% of the treasure's value, which could be more than £100,000.

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In 2014, a piece of Anglo Saxon jewellery discovered by a history student in Norwich was valued at £145,000.

Last year, a cop was jailed for stealing Anglo Saxon coins worth £150,000 that he found with a metal detector.

Under the Treasure Act 1996, finders of potential treasure in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are legally obliged to tell their local coroner if they find anything.

"Treasure" can include any prehistoric object, gold or silver coins more than 300 years old, or more recent valuable objects that have been deliberately hidden.

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Originally from modern-day Denmark and Germany, the Anglo Saxons ruled much of Britain from the end of the Roman Empire in around 400AD, to Norman lord William the Conqueror's victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Saxon jewellery and art was highly desirable throughout Europe at the time, and some of their golden treasures have been found as far away as Italy.

The mass movement of medieval peoples was incredibly common, and many different cultures were influenced by different cultures.

It was revealed last year that Anglo Saxon king Offa had coins with Arabic writing on them with the declaration "No God but Allah alone".

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