Thursday, September 24, 2009

Beyond Good News!

A substantial hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver has been found in Staffordshire. Judging by the photographs, the workmanship is fantastic. I can hardly wait to see what some of it looks like after conservation.
Have a look HERE and HERE. There are excellent slide shows HERE and HERE. There's also a good background piece about similar finds HERE.
If anyone's wondering about the meaning of being declared treasure, that means it goes to a suitable museum, rather than being sold and scattered to the winds at the finder's discretion. Under British law, it becomes crown property and the finder gets a reward. They don't pinch pennies when they do it either. The man who found this is likely to be set for life.

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