Staffordshire Hoard Artefacts
Artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard photographed by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The Staffordshire Hoard is an unparralleled treasure find dating from Anglo-Saxon times.

The quality and the quantity of this unique treasure is remarkable. The hoard was first discovered in July 2009. It has sparked enormous interest from archaeologists, historians, press and public since the news about the find was released on September 24th. Dr Kevin Leahy, from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, said of the Anglo-Saxon treasure:

'The quantity of gold is amazing but, more importantly, the craftsmanship is consummate. This was the very best the Anglo-Saxon metalworkers could do, and they were very good. Tiny garnets were cut to shape and set in a mass of cells to give a rich, glowing effect; it is stunning. Its origins are clearly the very highest-levels of Saxon aristocracy or royalty. It belonged to the elite.'

The Staffordshire Hoard exhibition closed to public view at 9pm on Tuesday October 13th at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Some 40,000 people have seen the hoard artifacts in the two and a half weeks it was on display.

The Hoard will go on display for a short period of time at the British Museum from November 3rd.

The Treasure Valuation Committee, which has the remit of valuing the find at a fair market value, will meet in November to consider the case and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. With the backing of culture minister Margaret Hodge and the British Museum, Birmingham City Council and Stoke on Trent City Council are creating a partnership aimed at keeping the hoard in the Midlands.

A fundraising appeal for the Hoard was launched on Monday 5th October. Find out how you can donate at the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery website
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