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Amateur Finds Treasure Trove In English Field

I love stories like this one, which I found on National Public Radio where you can read more on this fabulous story. I remember hearing once of a person who thought everything had already been dug-up. . . . wrong! so wrong! There are so many things out there, just waiting to be discovered!

September 24, 2009


A member of a British metal detecting club is being credited with finding the biggest cache of Anglo-Saxon relics ever discovered, experts in England revealed Thursday.

Terry Herbert, 55, stumbled upon more than 1,345 gold and silver artifacts as he walked across a freshly plowed field with his metal detector in Staffordshire in early July. Experts said the number of items could rise to 1,500 when more relics are extracted from 56 mounds of dirt that were also removed from the site.

Herbert told the British newspaper The Independent that finding the historic artifacts was more fun than winning the lottery.

“My mates at the [metal detecting] club always say if there is a gold coin in a field, I will be the one to find it. I dread to think what they’ll say when they hear about this,” he said.

Referred to as the “Staffordshire Hoard,” the find consists mostly of items used in warfare, including 84 pommel caps and 71 sword hilt collars removed from swords and daggers, according to the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. No sword or dagger blades were found. One expert said the treasures appear to have been a collection of war trophies.

At least two Christian crosses and parts of a helmet were also discovered. The gold items weighed about 11 pounds, and many were engraved with Bible verses or decorated with garnet stones.

Michelle Brown, a professor of medieval manuscript studies, said the style of lettering on many of the relics dates back to the 7th or 8th century, and they are likely to be valued in millions of dollars.

September 25, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Cultural, Local Lore, News


  1. Lucky guys! Such finds are common in villages in India but most of the time any precious metals are melted and then sold for cash. Imagine all those years of history just deleted like that 😦

    Comment by Mathai | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Some of the pieces are absolutely amazing. The guy dug himself for like five days and then got really nervous, realizing how valuable all this stuff was and that others might get on to it and come rob the site – that’s when he reported it to authorities. He stands to get a good part of whatever it is worth – how is that for being jobless, but having a hobby?

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  3. Lot of cool stuff out there still. A few years ago, a Brit friend of mine told me she was driving somewhere rural and a backhoe operator flagged her down. She stopped and the man was so excited and he wanted to show her what he had uncovered while he was digging the trench. It was a knight in full armor! She said in the paper the next day they said the knight had apparently been knocked off his horse and killed and just left in the field dead (or possible buried where he lay.)

    Comment by momcat | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  4. Holy smokes! So they found a full skeleton covered by knightly armor?? What a find!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 26, 2009 | Reply

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