Huge Find Of Anglo-Saxon Gold And Silver War Items Stuns Historians

September 24, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – An incredible archeological find, larger than the legendary Sutton Hoo finds of the late 1930’s, has been discovered in Staffordshire.

The collection of more than 1500 pieces was discovered by an avid metal detector enthusiast that was making his daily rounds.

“This is what metal detectorists dream of, finding stuff like this. But the vast amount there is is just unbelievable,” Terry Herbert was quoted by the BBC.

The treasures were full of silver and gold, as well as precious stones and gems, all inlaid in sword fittings and various war items.

“Swords and sword fittings were very important in the Anglo-Saxon period,” Dr Kevin Leahy, one of the head researchers that is currently going through the items, said.

“The Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf describes after a battle a sword being stripped of its hilt fittings. 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.

“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.”

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5 Responses to “Huge Find Of Anglo-Saxon Gold And Silver War Items Stuns Historians”

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  2. Chris Brown on September 24th, 2009 5:29 pm

    Well I think they should put him in jail for about 35 years and than Fry him crispy style.

  3. Employment Law Attorney on September 24th, 2009 6:13 pm

    Impressive find, the items are in quite good condition for their age.

  4. Anna Langella on September 25th, 2009 9:18 am

    Impressive find, the items are in quite good condition for their age. I’d hope they find more out about their origin and why they are where they are.

  5. Wm Clogston on September 28th, 2009 12:33 pm

    How can anyone be sure they are /Anglo Saxon? Art of that type has been in the British isles since time immemorial, created by the Britons. DNA doesn’t bear out a “Conquering” Saxon invasion and the English language is about 60% Latin.
    Has anyone read Churchill’s “Birth of Britain” Has anyone found metal work of this type in Germany?

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