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#351623 - 24th Sep 2009 1:39pm Anglo Saxon gold found in a field in Staffordshire
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A treasure hunter has unearthed the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, in a find archaeologists have said may be even more significant than the discovery of a burial ship at Sutton Hoo 70 years ago.



Terry Herbert, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, came across the hoard as he searched a field near his home with his trusty 14-year-old metal detector.



Experts said the collection of more than 1,500 pieces - which will be officially classified by a coroner as treasure today - is unparalleled in size and may have belonged to Saxon royalty.



Experts are piecing together what they believe are parts from several splendidly decorated helmets, including what appears to be a cheek-piece with a frieze of running animals. It has a relatively low gold content and has been specially alloyed, probably to make it more functional and able to withstand blows.

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#351625 - 24th Sep 2009 1:46pm Re: Anglo Saxon gold found in a field in Staffordshire [Re: MissGuided]
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I've just been reading about this, so amazing!

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#351627 - 24th Sep 2009 1:50pm Re: Anglo Saxon gold found in a field in Staffordshire [Re: MissGuided]
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Been to the link, I wonder what type of animals they were trying to copy.
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#351657 - 24th Sep 2009 2:47pm Re: Anglo Saxon gold found in a field in Staffordshire [Re: bert1]
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Don't know bert, but isn't the stuff just beautiful. We were always taught that these people were only just one step removed from savages but now we are learning a hell of a lot about them. Our History lessons were a bit skewed but at least we had a good grounding so that we can understand these things as they come to light. The poor kids today won't stand a chance because History, for our country at least, is something we should be ashamed of.
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#351659 - 24th Sep 2009 2:54pm Re: Anglo Saxon gold found in a field in Staffordshire [Re: BandyCoot]
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Bet the founder is gutted that the queen owns it.
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#351660 - 24th Sep 2009 3:02pm Re: Anglo Saxon gold found in a field in Staffordshire [Re: RUDEBOX]
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should really belong in a museum than some snob's bank vault


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#351692 - 24th Sep 2009 4:23pm Re: Anglo Saxon gold found in a field in Staffordshire [Re: Shadow_Omega]
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Apparently how it works is the find is valued and the finder gets half and the land owner gets half. The money would be raised so it can be kept in a museum or museums.
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#351695 - 24th Sep 2009 4:32pm Re: Anglo Saxon gold found in a field in Staffordshire [Re: bert1]
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They have the Sutton Hoo stuff on show so this is an even bigger haul and with a bit of luck it will be exhibited once everything is sorted out. Can't see this lot being melted down by those "Want to Sell Your Gold?" shysters. Would love to see it.
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#351724 - 24th Sep 2009 6:00pm Re: Anglo Saxon gold found in a field in Staffordshire [Re: BandyCoot]
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He will be made for life the finder and the farmer, must be talking 7 figures?

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