....that precious booty, the rounds and the rings they had reft erewhile, hardy heroes, from hoard in cave - trusting the ground with treasure of earls, gold in the earth, where ever it lies: Beowulf extract and translation from final chapter XLIII

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Extract from the Guardian 12th March 2014:

For the first time since someone dug a hole in a Staffordshire field and buried a sack holding five kilos of glittering gold, some 1,300 years ago, the entire hoard has been reassembled far from the public gaze in a drab back room at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
The Guardian was invited in to see it last week, but the assemblage can only be disclosed today, now that the gold has been safely returned to vaults and secure museum displays.

The Staffordshire hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold
The quality of the Anglo-Saxon gold work, some of which can only be seen under a microscope, is surpassed only by the Sutton Hoo hoard. Photo: Birmingham Museums

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