AN enormous treasure of finely crafted gold and gems discovered in a British field is casting brand-new light on the squalid game of thrones which wracked Europe after the collapse of Rome.

Some 1300 years ago Europe was in chaos. The remnants of the Roman Empire had actually retreated to Istanbul (then Constantinople) in Turkey. Disease and pestilence devastated the lands.

Interrupted Germanic people stormed through Britain to find new dwellings. Viking longboats pillaged the island’s coasts. The native Britons– some still clinging to the remains of Roman towns and cities– were gradually rolled back towards the west.

But this troubled time spawned a multitude of misconceptions. King Arthur. Roland. Beowulf.

At least that is how the tale goes. It’s primarily since composed records from this period are limited that it was dubbed a ‘Dark Age.’ Not since of any particular absence of skill or understanding.

Now their long lost tale is starting to emerge, thanks to the Staffordshire Hoard.

For centuries the legends and fables told of flashing warriors, sheathed from tip to toe in gleaming gold. Numerous historians thought this to have actually been a little bit more than poetic licence.

It ends up the old tales held true.


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In 2009, an unemployed Staffordshire guy purchased an old metal detector for about £10. With it, he discovered a buried stockpile of Anglo Saxon gold worth practically £5 million.

In only a few days, he put together more than 5kg of treasure from fields owned by a farmer buddy.

Numerous soil-encrusted gold pieces were pulled out of the ground, all richly detailed with legendary animals and encrusted with jewels.

Lots of them were accessories wrenched from the arms and armour of worthy warriors– and maybe even a massive processional cross.

“I can still keep in mind the initial time I saw the stockpile in 2010 – it was a couple of months after it had been found, and it was laid out so a variety of professionals could view it,” says Jenni Butterworth, the Staffordshire Hoard Programme Coordinator.

“The things were still muddy and gathered together in boxes and bags. It was mind-boggling, the large variety of products as much as the amazing workmanship and the gold and garnets.

Professionals rapidly dated them to in between 675 and 725AD.

A 2nd stash was recovered close by in 2012. A further 500 pieces have also been discovered spread through nearby fields.

All 4000 pieces have actually because been combined, with conservationists thoroughly cleaning and cataloguing the pieces.

The pieces have actually gradually been put back together.

From the carnage is emerging a photo of spectacular helmets, shining swords and awesome decorations.

And every piece sings a tale.

22 October—23 April 2017

Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard

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Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard