Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Largest ever hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold found in Staffordshire with Metal Detector

A unemployed man using a metal detector in a rural English field has uncovered the largest Anglo-Saxon gold hoard ever found. Archeologist say that the hoard is rich in history. Terry Herbert used his metal detector in a Staffordshire, UK field to find this find of ancient gold and silver artifacts.

The hoard consists of weapons and helmet decorations, coins and Christian crosses. More than 1500 pieces, with hundreds still embedded in blocks of soil make this a really historical find. There were 5 kilograms of gold, and 2.5 kilograms of silver. Some archeologists believe that the find may the swag from a spectacularly successful raiding party of warlike Mercians, from some time around AD700.

This fabulous collection is worth at least $1.6 million, and he'll get to share the proceeds of the sale of it with the owner of the land.

Here is a YouTube video which discusses the find, its possible history and the man who discovered it.

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