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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 39, September 27, 2009, Article 26

AN UNPARALLELED FIND OF ANGLO-SAXON GOLD AND SILVER

On a related topic, John Lupia and Alan Luedeking recommended articles about a huge find of Anglo-Saxon gold. -Editor

The UK's largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been discovered buried in a field in Staffordshire.

Experts say the collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces, which may date to the 7th Century, is unparalleled in size and worth "a seven-figure sum".

The Staffordshire hoard contains about 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver, making it far bigger than the Sutton Hoo discovery in 1939 when 1.5kg of Anglo-Saxon gold was found near Woodbridge in Suffolk.

Leslie Webster, former keeper at the British Museum's Department of Prehistory and Europe, said: "This is going to alter our perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England as radically, if not more so, as the Sutton Hoo discoveries.

"(It is) absolutely the equivalent of finding a new Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells."

To read the complete article, see: Huge Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found (news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/staffordshire/8272058.stm)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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