Largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure found in U.K.
2009 09 24
An amateur treasure hunter prowling English farmland with a metal detector stumbled upon the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered, a massive collection of gold and silver crosses, sword decorations and other items, British archaeologists said Thursday.
Terry Herbert at Birmingham Museum, Birmingham, England, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, with a some of the 1,500 pieces which made up a Anglo-Saxon hoard found by Terry as he searched a field near his home with his metal detector. (AP / David Jones)
One expert said the treasure would revolutionize understanding of the Anglo-Saxons, a Germanic people who ruled England from the fifth century until the Norman conquest in 1066. Another said the find would rank among Britain's best-known historic treasures.
Undated photo made available Thursday Sept. 24, 2009, from Staffordshire Hoard, showing a hilt fitting, unearthed in the Anglo-Saxon hoard found by 55-year old Terry Herbert, from Burntwood, England, as he searched a field near his home with a metal detector. (AP Photo / Staffordshire Hoard website via PA)
"This is just a fantastic find completely out of the blue," Roger Bland, who managed the cache's excavation, told The Associated Press. "It will make us rethink the Dark Ages."
Leslie Webster, the former curator of Anglo-Saxon archeology at the British Museum, said the amount of gold uncovered -- about 11 pounds (5 kilograms) -- suggested that early medieval England was a far wealthier place than previously believed.
She also said the crosses and other religious artifacts mixed in with the mainly military items might shed new light on the relationship between Christianity and warfare among the Anglo-Saxons. Left: scabbard boss, one of the items unearthed as part of the Anglo-Saxon hoard.
The seventh-century hoard found by 55-year-old Terry Herbert in western England, consists of about 1,500 pieces of gold and silver, mostly weapons and other military artifacts, some inlaid with precious stones. Experts say the finely crafted pieces could have belonged to Anglo-Saxon royalty.
Herbert, from the town of Burntwood, found the gold on a friend's farm on July 5 and spent the next five days scouring the field for the rest of the hoard.
Herbert recovered the first items before professional archaelogists took over the excavation.
"Imagine you're at home and somebody keeps putting money through your letterbox, that was what it was like," Herbert said. "I was going to bed and in my sleep I was seeing gold items."
The hoard was officially declared treasure by a coroner, which means it will now be valued by a committee of experts and offered up for sale to a museum. Proceeds would be split 50-50 between Herbert and his farmer friend, who has not been identified. The find's exact location is being kept secret to deter looters.
Bland said he could not give a precise figure for the worth of the hoard, but he said the treasure hunter could be in line for a "seven-figure sum."
Herbert said the experience had been "more fun than winning the lottery," adding that one expert likened his discovery to finding Tutankhamen's tomb.
"I just flushed all over when he said that. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up," Herbert said.
The hoard is in storage at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Some of the items are due to go on display starting Friday.
"The quantity of gold is amazing but, more importantly, the craftsmanship is consummate," said archaeologist Kevin Leahy, who catalogued the find. "This was the very best that the Anglo-Saxon metalworkers could do, and they were very good."
Leahy said there was still much to learn about the treasure, its purpose, and its origins.
"It looks like a collection of trophies, but it is impossible to say if the hoard was the spoils from a single battle or a long and highly successful military career," he said. "We also cannot say who the original, or the final, owners were, who took it from them, why they buried it or when. It will be debated for decades."
Bland agreed, saying that archaeologists were still baffled by the function of many of the pieces they found.
"There's lots of mystery in it," he said.
Webster said the find was "absolutely the equivalent of finding a new Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells" -- a reference to famous manuscripts produced around the same time.
Article from: CTV.ca
Michael Cremo - Forbidden Archeology
Gary Biltcliffe - The Legacy of the Etruscans & The Mysterious Pelasgi
David Hatcher Childress - The Mystery of the Olmecs & Ancient Civilizations
Philip Coppens - The Canopus Revelation
David Flynn - The Giant's Geoglyphs of Tiahuanaco
Freddy Silva - Ancient Sacred Sites, Invisible Temples, Giants & Our Ancestors
Daniel Tatman - The Bath Mystery's: Geomancy, Lay Lines & Organic/Fractal Architecture
Cort Lindahl - Geomantic Information Systems
Daniel Tatman - The Bath Mystery's: Background
Daniel Tatman - The Bath Mystery's: Architecture
Daniel Tatman - The Bath Mystery's: Founders, Legends & History
Daniel Tatman - The Bath Mystery's: 1717, Architects, Druids & Freemasons
Michael Tsarion - Sorcery & Magic
Michael Tsarion - Irish Origins Part 1 - The West to East Movement of Civilization, Land Bridges & Age of Catastrophe
Michael Tsarion - Irish Origins Part 2 - Colonization & The "Celts"
Christopher Knowles - Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes
Ben Stewart - Esoteric Agenda
Ben Stewart - Empowerment & Solutions
David Hatcher Childress - Technology of the Gods & Ancient Atomic Warfare
William F Mann - The Knights Templar in the New World, Navigation, Meridians and Secret Knowledge
William F Mann - The Templar's Search for the One Bloodline, DNA, Sinclair, The Grail, & The Vikings
Jake Kotze Interviews
Scott Wolter - The Kensington Rune Stone
Alan Watt - The Templars, Vatican, South America and the Maya
The Staffordshire Hoard (photos)
Latest News from our Front Page
NATO Exercise in Ukraine Coincided with MH-17 Shoot-down
2014 07 24
Rapid Trident was omitted from the flurry of coverage on the shoot-down MH-17.
From the U.S. Army in Europe website:
Rapid Trident supports interoperability among Ukraine, the United States, NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. The exercise helps prepare participants to operate successfully in a joint, multinational, integrated environment with host-nation support from civil and governmental agencies. ...
Warning of ’imminent’ terror attack in Norway
2014 07 24
Norwegians were warned Thursday of the concrete possibility of a terror attack occurring in that country at the hands of people with connections to an extremist group in Syria.
A press conference was called in Oslo, Norway on Thursday where an announcement was made of a "possible concrete threat" to national security in that country from terrorists related to an extremist ...
Judge says government can access everything in a Gmail account
2014 07 24
All your emails are belong to us.
At least that’s what the latest court order from a judge in New York says. The warrant, granted on June 11, states that the government can access all the content and files contained in a Gmail account.
Yes, this is a significant blow to privacy.
The subject of this specific search relates to a money laundering ...
Scotland Yard Spied on Grieving Families: secret surveillance after police victim shot seven times in head ’by mistake’
2014 07 24
More terror from the ’anti-terror’ brigade.
Undercover police gathered evidence on 18 grieving families
By Rob Evans and Vikram Dodd | The Guardian
Undercover police officers secretly gathered intelligence over two decades on 18 families fighting to get justice from the police, it was revealed on Thursday.
The intelligence covering high-profile campaigns was collected between the mid-1980s and 2005, and affected grieving families ...
Air Algerie AH5017 with 116 onboard goes missing for hours, found crashed in Mali
2014 07 24
An Air Algerie flight carrying 110 passengers and six crew members has reportedly crashed in Mali after having disappeared from radar early on Thursday morning between Burkina Faso and Algeria.
A French Ministry of Defense official told Fox News that the two French fighter jets located the wreckage of the plane, which had crashed in Mali. An airport official additionally confirmed ...
|More News » |