Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk

Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk

The Staffordshire Hoard

The Staffordshire Hoard Book

The Staffordshire Hoard

Kevin Leahy and Roger Bland

A beautifully designed short introduction to the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found

'This is going to alter our perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England in the seventh and early eighth centuries as radically, if not more so, as the 1939 Sutton Hoo discoveries did… Absolutely the metalwork equivalent of finding a new Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells.’

- Leslie Webster, former Keeper of the Department of Prehistory & Europe, the British Museum

On 5 July 2009, Terry Herbert was using a metal detector in a Staffordshire field when he began to unearth gold objects. It was a stupendous discovery, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, glittering in the sun-light for the first time in 1400 years. Highlights of the hoard are currently on display at the British Museum in Room 37.

Made up of over 1800 objects, the hoard contains some of the finest Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship and artistry ever seen. This, the first book on the hoard, tells the remarkable story of the discovery, describes the fascinating collection of objects it contains, and offers an initial interpretation of the treasure and its significance. Close-up photographs show the intricate details of these amazing objects, which include fittings from the hilts of swords, fragments from helmets, Christian crosses and magnificent pieces of garnet work.

This is just the beginning of the story…

£1 from the sale of every book will go to the Staffordshire Hoard appeal fund.

On sale now at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery shop or online at www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk

The Authors

Kevin Leahy is a National Finds Adviser for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, with responsibility for early medieval metalwork; Roger Bland is Head of the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum and leads the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Publishing November 2009

48 pages, 46 colour illustrations, ISBN 978 0 7141 2328 8 PB £4.99

Images © Daniel Buxton Photography