THE archaeologist behind one of the most important discoveries ever made in the region held a book signing session this weekend.

Dr Steve Sherlock discovered a striking 7th century gold pendant, which would have belonged to a princess, as well as glass beads, pottery, iron knives and other objects, in Loftus, East Cleveland between 2005 and 2007.

The finds, which were described as “unparalleled” by experts, now form the Saxon Princess display at Redcar’s Kirkleatham Museum.

The Princess was buried with her jewellery about 1,400 years ago and the haul was discovered at the only known Anglo-Saxon royal burial site in the North-East.

The soil’s acidity is believed to have destroyed her skeleton but the objects have survived.

Dr Sherlock has now published a full report on the discoveries from the princess' final resting place, with colour images and specialist analysis of the historic treasure.

He was signing copies of the 164-page report at Kirkleatham Museum today (SUNDAY JANUARY 13).

Dr Sherlock said: "The book gives a real insight into what inspired the most significant archaeological exhibition ever to come to Teesside."

The book can be ordered from Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar.