LONDON (AP) – A 1,300-year-old gold and gemstone necklace uncovered near Northampton in central England is being hailed as a find of major significance.

The necklace was found with other items on the site of a new housing development in central England.

Archaeologists say it marks the grave of a powerful woman who may have been an early Christian religious leader.

Scientists say the trove will shed new light on life in 7th century England, a time when Christianity was battling with paganism for people’s allegiance.

The find has been dubbed the Harpole Treasure after the village where it was found.

The plan is for the items to be displayed at a local museum once archaeologists have finished their work.