Saturday, October 3, 2009

Artefact from the Staffordshire Hoard

I have been following the story from Staffordshire very closely as it is completely fascinating! One of the largest caches of gold, silver and gemstone treasures is in the process of being unearthed

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."

From the Birmingham museum, the Staffordshire treasure, much of it still encrusted with dirt will go to the British Museum in London, where the artifacts will undergo months, possibly years, of study by archaeologists and historians. A court ruling this week declared the finds to be treasure, meaning that they belong to the British crown, which is expected to offer them for sale.

Take a look here at the Flicker photos(click the photo above)…… some pieces are still covered with dirt! Amazing!!

1 comment:

Mary Anne Gruen said...

Wow! What a great archaeological find. You have to assume that either the people who buried it died or were unable to return. It sounds like they might learn a lot from it.

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