Saturday, April 25, 2009

10th Century Pocket Sundial


Pocket Saxon Sundial

I was research 10th century Saxon houses and came across this fascinating entry by the BBC. You can click on the following link to read it in its original format:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/peoplesmuseum/week1_15.shtml.

"This watch is one of the only Benedictine sundials of its size in known existence. This Anglo-Saxon portable sundial is the oldest watch in the English speaking world. It's a pendant, a fob, a personal timepiece, a talisman and a real collector's treasure.

It’s thought to have been made by St. Dunstan who was a silversmith based at the Cathedral. It was found in the cloisters of the Cathedral in 1948 during excavations, but how it got there is a mystery as St. Dunstan lived in a totally different part of the old cathedral, which burnt down.

Presenter Jonathan Foyle says: "This is an object that totally changed the way we keep track of time. It’s extremely rare, one of the earliest examples, and very delicate...."

Where can it be found? At Canterbury Cathedral."
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