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    Largest Anglo-Saxon Gold Hoard Discovered in Staffordshire

    Seems like a significant find. Maybe she was from the Gewisse tribe who went onto to found the Kingdom of Wessex.


    A 55-year-old metal detectorist has unearthed the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, archaeologists said. The staggering discovery, on private farmland in Staffordshire, will redefine perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England, experts predict.

    Terry Herbert, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, came across the hoard as he searched a field near his home with his trusty 14-year-old detector. Experts said the collection of more than 1,500 pieces - which will be officially classified by a coroner as treasure - is unparalleled in size and may have belonged to Saxon royalty. The hoard, believed to date back to the seventh century, contains around 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver, far bigger than previous finds - including the Sutton Hoo burial site.

    It may take more than a year to value the collection and, given its scale, the financial worth of the hoard cannot be estimated. Leslie Webster, former keeper at the British Museum's Department of Prehistory and Europe, said: "This is going to alter our perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England as radically, if not more so, as the Sutton Hoo discoveries. (It is) absolutely the equivalent of finding a new Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells."

    Many of the items in the hoard are warfare paraphernalia, including sword pommel caps and hilt plates, often inlaid with precious stones. The exact location of the discovery has not been disclosed but it is understood to be near the Lichfield border in South Staffordshire.

    Mr Herbert, who has been metal detecting for 18 years, came across the buried hoard in July after asking a farmer friend if he could search on his land. He said: "I have this phrase that I say sometimes; 'spirits of yesteryear take me where the coins appear', but on that day I changed coins to gold. I don't know why I said it that day, but I think somebody was listening and directed me to it.

    "Maybe it was meant to be, maybe the gold had my name on it all along, I don't know. My mates at the (metal detecting) club always say if there is a gold coin in a field I will be the one to find it. I dread to think what they'll say when they hear about this." He added: "This is what metal detectorists dream of, finding stuff like this. But the vast amount there is is just unbelievable."

    Dr Kevin Leahy, National Finds Adviser from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, catalogued the hoard. He said: "The quantity of gold is amazing but, more importantly, the craftsmanship is consummate. This was the very best that the Anglo-Saxon metalworkers could do, and they were very good."

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    Anglo-Saxon Gold Hoard Discovered

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    Could you post a link to this story? Maybe they have some photos.

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    no photo's yet.it was as i have posted it.saw it on msn uk homepage.
    its very exciting but i dont think they'll release photo's yet.
    kind regards.

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    Here we go:

    BBC news
    includes a short video and has some photos

    Daily Mail
    Lots of large photos

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    Incredible isnt it.Imagine being the first person to touch those treasures since our ancesters buried them.
    Makes me wonder how many other hoardes there may be all over Europe waiting to be discovered.
    I was really left in awe after visiting Sutton Hoo..Look forward to seeing these in the future.

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    "The Folded Cross' (l) which formed part of the find, and (r) an artist's impression of how it would have looked originally. The fact such a prominent Christian symbol was bent could be a sign it was buried by pagans"




    Looking through these pictures with my jaw dropped.

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    I'm stunned and can't wait for full report of the contents, they don't mention if there are any blades with all those hilts and pommels.
    When I went to post these links on a Knife makers forum someone beat me to to. This find will change the way the world looks at art from the dark ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oski View Post
    The fact such a prominent Christian symbol was bent could be a sign it was buried by pagans.
    I am thinking if making it my new avatar.

    Looking through these pictures with my jaw dropped.
    Same here. No telling just how many more of these hoards are waiting to be found.

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    http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/

    I found a link with good photos and such.

    Really a great discovery! It sure sparks the imagination about what else could be laying waiting to be found in England's countryside.

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