A SILVER pendant found in Monmouthshire was declared treasure at an inquest yesterday.

The pendant, which could date back to the late 15th century, was found in Portskewett, Gwent Coroner’s Court, sitting in Newport, heard.

The pendant, which was in the form of a hanging flower head, was discovered in October 2010 by a man who was metal detecting.

An analysis showed it was 97 per cent silver.

Gwent Coroner David Bowen said similar types of pendants found in England dated back to the 16th century.

It is thought they were sewn into the sleeves of clothes.

Dr Mark Redknap, acting keeper of archaeology at National Museum Wales, Cardiff, said the pendant could date back to the early 16th Century or the late 15th century. Mr Bowen declared the item as treasure and said Chepstow Museum had shown an interest in the pendant.