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The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found. It consists of over 3,500 items, amounting to a total of 5.1 kg of gold, 1.4 kg of silver and some 3,500 pieces of garnet cloisonn' jewellery.
The hoard was most likely deposited in the 8th or 9th century, containing mostly artefacts dated to the 7th to early 8th centuries, with some of its sword pommels possibly as old as the mid-6th century. It was discovered in 2009 in a field near the village of Hammerwich, close to Burntwood near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England.
The hoard is of considerable importance in Anglo-Saxon archaeology. The artefacts are nearly all martial in character and contains no objects specific to female uses. The average quality of the workmanship is extremely high and especially remarkable in view of the large number of individual objects, such as swords or helmets, from which the elements in the hoard came.
The hoard was purchased jointly by the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery for �3.285 million under the Treasure Act 1996.
A new gallery uncovering the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard is now open at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
In this exciting new gallery, principally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors can learn more about this incredible treasure, from its Anglo-Saxon warrior history, to the ongoing conservation techniques used to unlock its secrets today.
Hundreds of pieces from the Hoard are on show, along with hands-on displays exploring how these intriguing items were used, before they were buried some 1400 years ago.