Am I the only person who wants to get a hammer and torch and
straighten this stuff up?
This hoard is perhaps the most important collection of
Anglo-Saxon objects found in England. It compares and perhaps
exceeds those objects found at Sutton Hoo. Originally
discovered by metal detectorist Terry Herbert in July 2009 and
subsequently excavated by Birmingham University Archaeology
Unit and Staffordshire County Council.
Leslie Webster, former Keeper of Prehistory and Europe at the
British Museum describes this discovery as:
"…this is going to alter our perceptions of Anglo-Saxon
England in the seventh and early eighth century as radically,
if not moreso, as the 1939 Sutton Hoo discoveries did; it will
make historians and literary scholars review what their
sources tell us, and archaeologists and art-historians rethink
the chronology of metalwork and manuscripts; and it will make
us all think again about rising (and failing) kingdoms and the
expression of regional identities in this period, the
complicated transition from paganism to Christianity, the
conduct of battle and the nature of fine metalwork production
- to name only a few of the many huge issues it raises.
Absolutely the metalwork equivalent of finding a new
Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells."
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there may be some errors with labelling as this was done in a
very short space of time. If you do use these images please
attribute as used courtesy of the Staffordshire hoard website.
looks like they might need a decent jeweler on staff for the
restoration and cleaning…