The most significant hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found will be unveiled at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery today (September 24) at 11.30am.
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A number of artefacts will be available to view with experts on hand to provide analysis.
The Staffordshire Hoard is an unparalleled treasure find dating from Anglo-Saxon times.
Both the quality and the quantity of this unique treasure are remarkable. The story of how it came to be left in the Staffordshire soil is likely to be more remarkable still.
The Hoard was first discovered in July 2009. The find is likely to spark decades of debate among archaeologists, historians and enthusiasts.
Leslie Webster, Former Keeper, Department of Prehistory and Europe, British Museum, has already said: “This is going to alter our perceptions of Anglo-Saxon Englandâ€¦ as radically, if not more so, as the Sutton Hoo discoveries. Absolutely the equivalent of finding a new Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells.”
The Hoard comprises in excess of 1,500 individual items.
- Most are gold, although some are silver.
- Many are decorated with precious stones.
- The quality of the craftsmanship displayed on many items is supreme, indicating possible royal ownership.
- The Hoard is the by far the largest find of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. There is approximately 5 kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver (Sutton Hoo had 1.66kg of gold).
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BMAG) has provided secure storage for the items and workspace for the specialist ‘finds adviser’ to carry out initial cataloguing work and analysis, including X-ray and XRF (X-ray fluorescence) scans.
BMAG is responsible for managing three Finds Liaison Officers, for the region and the Staffordshire Hoard was initially reported to Duncan Slarke, Finds Liaison Officer for Staffordshire and the West Midlands, based at the museum.
Councillor Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be playing a significant part in this remarkable and historic find. I am particularly proud to say that the first artefacts will go on public display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.”