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Thread: Largest Anglo-Saxon Gold Hoard Discovered in Staffordshire

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    The find is said to be bigger than that at Sutton Hoo and as important as finding a new Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells.

    Ruling the 'Staffordshire Hoard' cache of gold and silver items - much of it taken from weaponry - to be treasure, Mr Haigh said: "This is a magnificent find, both in terms of its content and its likely history."

    Experts are piecing together what they believe are parts from several splendidly decorated helmets.

    Dr Roger Bland, head of portable antiquities and treasure at the British Museum, told the inquest in Cannock that the significance of the find was "only beginning to dawn" on the small number of experts who have examined it. He said the hoard would be worth a "seven-figure sum". "I can't say anything other than we expect it to be a seven-figure sum," he said. Mr Bland told the coroner: "It is at least as significant as any of the major discoveries of this period that have been made in the past."
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    A cloissone object at the site of an Anglo-Saxon hoard found by Terry Herbert showing how close antiquities were to the surface

























    A gold cross which has been folded, possibly to make it fit into a small space prior to burial. The apparent lack of respect shown to this Christian symbol may point to the hoard being buried by pagans


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    Fascinating items. I wonder where I send my application to to take part in the cleaning of them
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    Occasionally the news makes me smile.
    It's an unprecedented find that could revolutionize ideas about medieval England's Germanic rulers: An amateur treasure-hunter searching a farmer's field with a metal detector unearthed a huge collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver artifacts.

    The discovery sent a thrill through Britain's archaeological community, which said Thursday that it offers new insight into the world of the Anglo-Saxons, who ruled England from the fifth century until the 1066 Norman invasion and whose cultural influence is still felt throughout the English-speaking world.

    "This is just a fantastic find completely out of the blue," Roger Bland, who managed the cache's excavation, told The Associated Press. "It will make us rethink the Dark Ages."

    The treasure trove includes intricately designed helmet crests embossed with a frieze of running animals, enamel-studded sword fittings and a checkerboard piece inlaid with garnets and gold. One gold band bore a biblical inscription in Latin calling on God to drive away the bearer's enemies.

    The Anglo-Saxons were a group of Germanic tribes who invaded England starting in the wake of the collapse of the Roman Empire. Their artisans made striking objects out of gold and enamel, and their language, Old English, is a precursor of modern English.

    The cache of gold and silver pieces was discovered in what was once Mercia, one of five main Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and is thought to date to between 675 and 725.

    For Terry Herbert, the unemployed metal-detecting enthusiast who made the discovery on July 5 while scouring a friend's farm in the western region of Staffordshire, it was "more fun than winning the lottery."

    The 55-year-old spent five days searching the field alone before he realized he needed help and notified authorities. Professional archaeologists then took over the find.

    "I was going to bed and in my sleep I was seeing gold items," Herbert said of the experience.
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    Excellent news of course. It can only help us better understand our own ancestors and native way of life.

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    Exciting find, maybe to rival even Sutton Hoo.

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    I'm going to see this hoard on Monday at the British museum in London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fortress Germania View Post
    I'm going to see this hoard on Monday at the British museum in London.
    How long is it being displayed for?
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    Appeal to keep Anglo-Saxon gold hoard in West Midlands

    Reading the news I noticed this story.
    I watched the series "Monarchy" by Historian David Starkey and have come to have a great respect for his work and research. I believe England is lucky to have him working for the preservation of English history. I am very happy to see that he wants to keep the hoard in it's native area in the West Midlands.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/8455189.stm

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    I wonder if some day we'll discover King Arthur's gold...

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