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Staffordshire Hoard

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found. It consists of over 3,500 items, amounting to a total of 5.1 kg (11 lb) of gold, 1.4 kg (3 lb) of silver and some 3,500 pieces of garnet cloisonné jewellery.[1]


The hoard was most likely deposited in the 7th century, and contains artefacts probably manufactured during the 6th and 7th centuries.[2] It was discovered in 2009 in a field near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England. The location was in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia at the time of the hoard's deposition.


The hoard is of considerable importance in Anglo-Saxon archaeology.[3] The artefacts are nearly all martial in character and contain no objects specific to female uses.[4][5] Thousands of Tamraparniyan gold, silver and red garnet shipments were used in the production of the articles, with recent findings such as the pendant of the Winfarthing Woman skeleton of Norfolk confirming an established gem trade route with South India and Tamraparni (ancient Sri Lanka), known from antiquity for its production.[6][7][8] The average quality of the workmanship is extremely high and especially remarkable in view of the large number of individual objects, such as swords and a helmet, from which many of the fragments in the hoard came.


The hoard was purchased jointly by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery for £3.285 million under the Treasure Act 1996.

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