Staffordshire’s treasure unveiled

IMG_7422 copyAs many of may have seen or heard in the media, extraordinary archaeological treasures have been discovered in Staffordshire and I am so pleased that Staffordshire County Council has played a crucial role in this discovery.

In July this year an amateur metal detectorist discovered some gold items in a farmer’s field; to their great credit they informed the authorities. This led to a major archaeological excavation led by our own Historic Environment Team in our Development Services Directorate. Colleagues from the communications team have played a lead role in organising all the media and communication activities. 

The items recovered are a magnificent treasure trove of Anglo-Saxon gold which will become known as the Staffordshire Hoard. The Hoard is the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon gold treasure, and is unparalleled in terms of size and quality. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw it! Some of the official photographs that we had taken of the treasure are truly amazing and really illustrate the beauty of these pieces. It is a world class find, and possibly the most significant treasure discovery in the British Isles since the Sutton Hoo excavations of 1939.
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I attended the fantastic unveiling of the Staffordshire Hoard yesterday where I publicly vowed that we will now work tirelessly to do justice to the county’s heritage. I for one am so excited that this new discovery will become part of our history here in Staffordshire!

Well done to all those who work for Staffordshire County Council, our archaeologists and communications officers who worked to make this unveiling a success.

You can find out more information about the Staffordshire Hoard at www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk

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