Staffordshire Hoard Inspires Contemporary Jewellery Collection

Staffordshire Hoard Jewellery - students Natalia Antunvity, Ching-I Chein, Mahroz Mirzahekmati - photo courtesy Birmingham Museums

The medieval treasures that came from the Staffordshire Hoard collection have been used as inspiration by students in Birmingham to create unique contemporary jewellery.

Putting together the jigsaw pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard

The front of the reconstructed sword pommel © Birmingham Museums Trust

Archaeologists and conservators working to piece together the thousands of items from the Staffordshire Hoard have announced they have been able to make two items: a pommel and helmet-band.

The Gold of the Staffordshire Hoard

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Research carried out on the Staffordshire Hoard has revealed that Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths were sophisticated enough to make gold appear more golden.

What we now know about the Staffordshire Hoard

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The entire Staffordshire Hoard, over 4000 pieces, has been brought together for the first time since being discovered in 2009. Experts are now making fascinating new discoveries as they put together the collection.

More pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard discovered

New pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard - photo courtesy Staffordshire County Council

The Staffordshire Hoard has now grown by a further 81 pieces, after a Coroner’s Court declared yesterday that the newly found objects were part of the Anglo-Saxon treasure.

New research project begins on Staffordshire Hoard

Inscription on one of the objects from the Staffordshire Hoard. © Stoke-on-Trent City Council

The project, to be carried out by Anglo Saxon finds cataloguer Chris Fern and specialist artefact photographer Guy Evans, aims to produce a detailed catalogue entry for each of the 3,500 items in the hoard.

The Staffordshire Hoard and the Mercian Royal Court

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In England, whatever date you prefer for the composition of Beowulf, it is of interest that the poet thought of the king as a goldwine gumena – the gold-friend of the warriors – or as the goldwine Geata – the gold-friend of the Geats.

Staffordshire Hoard is coming to America

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More than one hundred artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard – the largest and most valuable collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered – will be displayed in Washington D.C. later this year. The exhibition, called ‘Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages’ will be open at the National Geographic Museum from October 29, 2011 to March […]

The Potential of Environmental Archaeology and Geoarchaeology at the site of the Staffordshire Hoard

The Potential of Environmental Archaeology and Geoarchaeology at the site of the Staffordshire Hoard By Benjamin Gearey Paper given at the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium, held at the British Museum, March, 2010 Introduction: This paper will briefly consider the potential of environmental archaeology (i.e. the analysis of the sub-fossil remains of material including pollen, plant and […]

The Staffordshire Hoard and Mercian Power

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The Staffordshire Hoard and Mercian Power By Simon Keynes Paper given at the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium, held at the British Museum, March, 2010 Introduction: In the early 12th century, William of Malmesbury remarked that almost all historical record had been buried with Bede, meaning that, in the 500 years which had passed since Bede’s death, no-one […]

Videos released on the Staffordshire Hoard conservation program

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The Conservation Team at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery have started video blogging about their conservation work on the Staffordshire Hoard. Three videos have so far been released on the museum’s Youtube page. The first one introduces the three person team carrying out the conservation work: Deborah Cane, the project manager, Cymbeline Storey and Deborah […]

The Staffordshire Hoard Fieldwork, 2009-2010

Staffordshire Hoard fieldwork

The Staffordshire Hoard Fieldwork, 2009-2010 By Alex Jones Paper given at the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium, held at the British Museum, March, 2010 Summary: Two stages of fieldwork were undertaken at the site of the Staffordshire Hoard. The first, in July-August 2009, was solely concerned with the safe and systematic recovery of the hoard. Test-pitting was followed […]

The Typochronology of Sword Pommels from the Staffordshire Hoard

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The Typochronology of Sword Pommels from the Staffordshire Hoard By Svante Fischer and Jean Soulat Paper given at the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium, held at the British Museum, March, 2010 Introduction: Typology and Chronology do not equate or coalesce into typochronology. Why is this? Human agency in time and space prevents material culture from manifesting itself in […]

The Symbolic Nature of Gold in Magical and Religious Contexts

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The Symbolic Nature of Gold in Magical and Religious Contexts By Charlotte Behr Paper given at the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium, held at the British Museum, March, 2010 Introduction: Gold can adopt many different meanings. In economic contexts it can acquire material value, in social contexts it can gain significance for status and position within a […]

The implications of the Staffordshire Hoard for the understanding of the origins and development of the Insular art style as it appears in manuscripts and sculpture

The implications of the Staffordshire Hoard for the understanding of the origins and development of the Insular art style as it appears in manuscripts and sculpture By George and Isabel Henderson Paper given at the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium, held at the British Museum, March, 2010 Introduction: As the full gamut of decorative forms on the […]

The Staffordshire Hoard

Staffordshire Hoard

In September 2009 news of a spectacular discovery of Anglo-Saxon treasure was made public. Over the previous summer more than 1800 items dating back to the 7th or early 8th century were found in Staffordshire, England.

Videos about the Staffordshire Hoard

Here is a list of online videos that discuss or show the Staffordshire Hoard From the announcement of the discovery: The Staffordshire Hoard from Staffs CC on Vimeo. Interview with Duncan Slarke,the first archaeologist to see the hoard News report from ITN News report from NTD TV Interview with Terry Herbert, who discovered the hoard […]

What the Experts say about the Staffordshire Hoard

Here are some academic views about the Anglo-Saxon hoard discovered in Staffordshire: Kevin Leahy, National Finds Adviser from the Portable Antiquities Scheme: The two most striking features of the hoard are that it is unbalanced and it is of exceptionally high quality. It is unbalanced because of what we don’t find. There is absolutely nothing […]

How the Staffordshire Hoard was Discovered

For close to 1300 years, an ordinary field in Staffordshire concealed a long lost treasure of gold. Its discovery made international headlines and has now been valued at £3.285 million.

Interview with Kevin Leahy

Dr Kevin Leahy is national finds adviser from the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  He has been an instrumental part of the discovery of the Anglo-Saxon treasure hoard in Staffordshire.  We interviewed him by email with a few short questions about the Staffordshire hoard: So far the public has only seen a small part of the Staffordshire Hoard […]

Metal Detecting and Medieval Finds

The recent discovery of hundreds of gold and silver items from an Anglo-Saxon treasure hoard in Staffordshire has renewed interest in metal detecting throughout Great Britain. It also could lead to more medieval finds and an opportunity for historians and archaeologists to learn new insights about medieval life, ranging from the circulation of money and […]

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