The Staffordshire Hoard

This morning sees the announcement of a stunning discovery, perhaps the most important collection of Anglo-Saxon objects found in England. The hoard contains 5kg of gold and 1.3 kg of silver, and has formally been declared as Treasure.

Photo by Daniel Buxton, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Originally discovered by metal detectorist Terry Herbert in July 2009 and subsequently excavated by Birmingham University Archaeology Unit and Staffordshire County Council, the announcement to the media took place at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Photos of the hoard can be seen on the Portable Antiquities Scheme Flickr site: