Fantastic Anglo Saxon Treasure Hoard Discovered in England

Experts in the UK announced this past week the discovery of a fabulous hoard of objects from the Anglo Saxon period — many of which are made of solid gold — which may well revolutionize scholarly understanding of these people of western Germanic origin who ruled England for some six centuries.

Archaeologists and other scholars have literally been stunned by the size and quality of the treasure.  “[T]here were 5 boxes full of gold items of the highest Anglo Saxon workmanship,” stated an antiquities official named Duncan Slark.  “It was absolutely staggering, . . .  individual items that I’ve never seen the like of before. . . .”   

Believed to date from the 7th to 8th century AD, the quantity and workmanship of these artifacts are said even to surpass the famous royal Anglo Saxon burial discovered at Sutton Hoo in 1939.

They were found this summer in Staffordshire by an amateur named Terry Herbert using a metal detector.  The hoard includes at least 1,300 items, and it is expected even more may turn up as excavations on the site continue.

According to the BBC, a museum display of some these objects which opened last Friday attracted over 10,000 visitors in three days.  You can also view many of the items at the Staffordshire Hoard website.

If you’d like to read more about the Anglo Saxons, Greensboro Public Library has a number of books which you may find helpful, including:  Finding Merlin:  The Truth Behind the Legend of the Great Arthurian Mage by Adam Ardrey; King Alfred:  Burnt Cakes and Other Legends by David Horspool; Quest for a King:  Searching for the Real King Arthur by Catherine M. Andronik; The Anglo-Saxons by James Campbell, Eric John and Patrick Wormald; Celtic Painting and Anglo-Saxon Painting:  Book Illumination in the British Isles, 600-800 by Carl Nordenfalk; An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England by Peter Hunter Blair; The Formation of England, 550-1042 by H. P. R. Finberg; The Age of Arthur:  A History of the British Isles from 350 to 650 by John Morris; and Arthur’s Britain:  History and Archaeology, AD 367-634 by Leslie Alcock.

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2 Responses

  1. please have a look at anglosaxoncsi.wordpress.com – this is a blog set up to record a unique project set up in kent to conserve the finds from an anglo-saxon cemetery site found in the area, thanks. This is an exciting and unique project and although there is not many gold finds as in the stafforshire hoard we do have exciting mineral preserved organics!

  2. Thanks for your comment.

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