Conservators found these small patches of gold thread across the woman's
body. This suggests it might have been used to decorate her clothing, which
From chemical analysis of the thread we know it was over 90% gold. This
means it is some of the best quality gold thread ever recorded from the
Roman period. Archaeologists in Britain have only found thread like this
The thread was made of very thin, flat gold ribbon wound into a spiral
around a fine thread core. The core did not survive but archaeologists
think it may have been silk. Gold thread was probably made by hand. Whoever
made it was very skilful at this finely detailed work.
This thread, along with the other finds from the woman's burial, suggest
that she was probably rich.