8th Century in England : Staffordshire Hoard, Councils of Clovesho, Synod of Chelsea, Battle of Otford, by
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- ISBN: 9781157008408 | 1157008402
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 11/24/2010
Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Staffordshire Hoard (sometimes referred to as the Mercian hoard) is the name given to the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold yet found. Discovered in a field near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England on 5 July 2009, it consists of more than 1,500 items that are nearly all martial in character. The artefacts have tentatively been dated to the 7th or 8th centuries, placing the origin of the items in the time of the Kingdom of Mercia. Experts have theorised about the purpose of the deposit, and whether those who made it were Christians or pagans. The hoard was valued at 3.285 million, and has now been purchased by the Birmingham Museum