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An Artefact Project: A Replica of the Alfred Jewel

Alice Rose

The Alfred Jewel appears to be unique in the archaeological record associatedwith Anglo-Saxon England. Its function remains unknown, the design’s meaning is disputed and its association with King Alfred is enticing. It appears naturalthat such an aesthetically beautiful, controversial and academically significantobject should be admired and celebrated by academics and the public alike.However, the replicas of the Alfred Jewel are equally of interest. Objects created just over 100 years ago, shrouded in intrigue, evoking questions such as whywere they created, by whom and for what purpose.

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