Tuesday, 18 December 2012

More for the Hoard

We’ve just heard that 90 more pieces of gold and silver have been found in the same field, near Lichfield, where the Staffordshire Hoard was originally found in 2009.

The main question around the Hoard is how it came to be left in the field  – and the latest finds could help historians come up with an answer.  Archaeologists for Staffordshire Council and English Heritage found the items, some weighing less than a gramme, but have not yet dated them.  They are thought to include eagle-shaped mounts and a possible helmet cheek-piece.

The Staffordshire Hoard contains nearly 4000 pieces of stunningly worked metal, mostly gold and silver, dating from the seventh-century Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. It was valued at more than £3.3 million and has been seen by over a million people since its discovery.

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