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Three Lions good luck omen unearthed

Wednesday 16th June, 2010

Three Lions badge
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I found the badge when I was investigating a medieval stone wall in Parkside, Coventry. The badge was lodged between the sandstone blocks and may have fallen in while it was being built.
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Caroline Rann, a field archaeologist with Warwickshire County Council’s Archaeology Projects Group
An archaeologist believes she may have discovered the good luck omen that signifies that England will go all the way in the World Cup!

Caroline Rann, a field archaeologist with Warwickshire County Council’s Archaeology Projects Group, discovered a copper badge emblazoned with the three lions.

The badge, which has been in the ground for at least 700 years, clearly shows the three lions, the emblem close to the hearts of all England football fans.

Caroline said: “I found the badge when I was investigating a medieval stone wall in Parkside, Coventry. The badge was lodged between the sandstone blocks and may have fallen in while it was being built.

“This has been hidden for hundreds of years and for it to appear now has to be a sign that England will go all the way in the World Cup!”

The badge, which may have originally come from a horse harness, is believed to be from the 13th century.

The three lions of the arms of England was first used by Henry II (1154-89) who added a third lion to the previous coat of arms, which only had two. This continued up until 1340, when the royal coat of arms was quartered with those of France in order to back up Edward III claim to the French throne.

The archaeologists were working on behalf of Provision for the Christian Life Ministries at Parkside in Coventry, as part of the planning process.