When Northamptonshire finds liaison officer Julie Cassidy attended an archaeological finds surgery she was both surprised and delighted to discover an exceptionally rare Elizabethan ‘visard mask’ that had been concealed within the walls of a 16th century building.
Ms Cassidy, working for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, revealed that the mask was discovered during the renovation of an inner wall of a stone building near Daventry, Northamptonshire, in the UK. The wall of the property was approximately four foot thick and the mask was found concealed within the inner hard core, which consisted of soil, straw and horsehair. “This was without doubt the reason why the mask has survived,” said Ms Cassidy.
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