A new trove of treasure has been found in Staffordshire by the new owner of farmland in what is now being referred to as the “Staffordshire hoard” and due to its potential worth, the biggest regret of the former landowner’s life.
Terry Herbert, the finder will no doubt receive a large compensation for the find which is said to have a huge amount of gold artistry in it and will possible have an effect on the way that Anglo-Saxon English history is understood.
The Staffordshire hoard is the largest gold artefact find in Britain and contains many pieces of weaponry and jewellery that are of high technical quality and design. The closest find to resemble the Staffordshire hoard is the prehistoric find that was discovered in Salisbury back in the 1980’s. However, due to the fact that the past hoard was sold illegally, but the Stafford find has been properly executed by Herbert it should have much more academic value.
There is not yet an exact count of how many artefacts are included in the Staffordshire hoard with a current list that includes 1,345 objects, out of which, 56 are lumps of earth that have been studded with metal pieces. To get an exact count of how many items there are, patience will be required, as the lumps are carefully taken apart to find the treasures hidden within.
At this stage of the examination no one is quite sure what magnitude of treasure the find holds, although it seems to be part of the maelstrom that was distributed when the Romans left and the Saxon’s began to form England, which may hold clues to understanding better, how England came to be.
A specialist in Anglo-Saxon culture and former curator of the British Museum Leslie Webster saw the hoard last week and stated that it should inspire a great deal of thought from those who study the past, and rethink the way they view the history of England.
Among the aspects she mentioned was the way battle was carried out, metalwork was completed, and the actual transition into Christianity from paganism. As a side note she added that maybe the discovery will allow people to see that Anglo-Saxons were quite different from Vikings.
At the moment, all historians can do is wait for the chance to explore the hoard which promises to change the way that academics look at their contemporary view of English history.