Dating staffordshire hoard
The proceeds from the sale of the treasure will again be split between Terry and Fred.
Speaking at the unveiling of the find at the Potteries Museum and Arts Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins described it as "hugely interesting find." He said: "Although not on the scale of the discovery some 40 months ago it can provide a significant piece of the jigsaw.
There is broad agreement that the typical object in the hoard was made in the 7th century, with the date of the deposition of the hoard of course post-dating the manufacture of the latest object it includes.
Along with other discoveries, examination of the hoard showed Saxon goldsmiths were able to alter the surface of the gold by depletion gilding to give the appearance of a higher gold content, a technique not previously credited to them.
"Archaeologists working for Staffordshire County Council and English Heritage have made the discovery when they were on the site following the recent ploughing of the field.
A second explanation suggests that this is a sign that the burial deposit was made by pagans, who had no particular esteem for the Christian character of the objects.A summary of the preliminary contents of the hoard, as of late 2009, is shown in the table below.This excludes items such as the gold horse’s head that were in one of the 33 soil blocks that had not been examined at the time of publication of these figures.The closest parallel to the script used is the inscription in the lead plate from Flixborough, dated to the 8th or 9th alternatively, it may have been part of the arm of a cross; a round cabochon jewel would have been fitted to the terminal end, and the other end would have fitted into the central fitting of the cross.The hoard was deposited in a remote area, just south of the Roman Watling Street, some 4 kilometres (2 mi) west of Letocetum, at the time part of the extra-parochial area of Ogley Hay (now part of the Hammerwich parish), in the highland separating the Pencersæte and Tomsæte within the kingdom of Mercia.