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The Staffordshire Hoard [Paperback]

Kevin Leahy , Roger Bland
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7 Dec 2009
On 5 July 2009 a metal-detector user started to unearth some gold objects in a Staffordshire field. Thus began the discovery of the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. Consisting of over 1600 items including fittings from the hilts of swords, fragments from helmets, Christian crosses and magnificent pieces of garnet work the Staffordshire Hoard is set to rewrite history. This is just the beginning of the story. 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; it will make historians and literary scholars review what their sources tell us, and archaeologists and art-historians rethink the chronology of metalwork and manuscripts; and it will make us all think again about rising (and failing) kingdoms and the expression of regional identities in this period, the complicated transition from paganism to Christianity, the conduct of battle and the nature of fine metalwork production to name only a few of the many huge issues it raises. 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] The quantity of gold is amazing but, more importantly, the craftsmanship is consummate; this was the very best that the Anglo-Saxon metalworkers could do, and they were very good. Tiny garnets were cut to shape and set in a mass of cells to give a rich, glowing effect; it is stunning. Its origins are clearly the very highest levels of Anglo-Saxon aristocracy or royalty. It belonged to the elite. [Dr Kevin Leahy]

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; Reprint edition (7 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714123285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714123288
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 18.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Leahy is a National Finds Advisor for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, with responsibility for early medieval metalwork.

Roger Bland is Head of the Department of Portable Antiquities Scheme.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superbly illustrated..... 16 Feb 2010
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All you can reasonably want to know about the Hoard until expert analysis of the artefacts has been completed. Many pages of detailed illustrations and an authoritative overview. Good reference sources for further reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gold in Hanley 14 Feb 2010
By Jon
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If you can't get to Hanley Museum to see the Staffordshire Gold then this little book will keep you going until you are able to see the real thing. I heard Kevin Leahy speak the other week and he is the real thing as far as archaeology goes. He was among the first of the professionals to realise that it made sense to reach a rapprochement with the metal detectorists. The logical outcome of that is the discovery of the Staffordshire hoard.
And if you want to know where Camelot really is then look also at his book on Lindsey. (That is Lincolnshire for those who are not in the know.)The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Lindsey: The Archaeology of an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the bookshelf 27 April 2010
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This slim volume has appeared very quickly and gives an excellent overview of the Staffordshire Hoard, despite its brevity. Visiting from abroad last autumn, we weren't able to invest the time to queue for the exhibition in Birmingham, so only a family friend's short tour of the actual field the hoard was found in had to suffice and from that point of view, this is a great introduction to what has been going on with this exciting find.
Do examine the pictures and captions carefully, some of the photos are not of pieces from this hoard but from Sutton Hoo, still beautiful though.
Now we look forward to a comprehensive catalogue of the Hoard in this same quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 22 April 2010
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Totally brilliant explanation of the hoard and its significance to British archaeology - and cheap as chips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super. 26 Aug 2013
By S.R.
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I bought this as a gift, and it is a super little book at a very good price. Excellent, colour photos and good information.
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