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Higgins
09-24-2009, 06:23 PM
More Gold than Sutton Hoo.
Sutton Who?
Mostly weapon fittings:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/staffordshire/8272058.stm

PeterL
09-24-2009, 09:47 PM
Too bad I didn't find it: 5 kg of gold, wow!

blacbird
09-25-2009, 12:38 AM
The historical implications of this are huge, full of questions, like Why was this abandoned and forgotten by whoever buried it? Fascinating story.

caw

PeterL
09-25-2009, 12:44 AM
Makes one wonder which king was chased from his throne, or which great hero and was buried with a great treasure. The lost throne is most likely.

Medievalist
09-25-2009, 12:48 AM
Makes one wonder which king was chased from his throne, or which great hero and was buried with a great treasure. The lost throne is most likely.

Well, no, actually, it's not. Based on the first very crude inventory, they think it's a family hoard of multiple generations, mostly from battle.

There are three runic inscribed pieces, only one of which is in the Mercian dialect. One of them appears to be part of a previously unknown riddle.

The coins cover a wide enough area and span of dates that they also support, along with the fittings and the two pairs of ornamental stirrups, the idea of a multi-generational hoard.

Smiling Ted
09-25-2009, 12:52 AM
Wow.

efkelley
09-25-2009, 01:40 AM
That's way cool.