Burntwood man uncovers record Anglo-Saxon gold haul

metaldetectorA Burntwood man has discovered the largest haul of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found in Britain.

Fifty-five-year-old Terry Herbert made the discovery at an undisclosed location in Staffordshire.

The metal detectorist unearthed 2.5kg of silver and 5kg of gold in the field of a farmer friend.

Mr Herbert said:

“This is what metal detectorists dream of, finding stuff like this. But the vast amount there is is just unbelievable.”

A number of the finds – which are currently being held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – are believed to have a warfare significance.

Authorities have not revealed the exact site of the discovery and it is not yet known it is linked to an archaeological survey carried out recently in Hammerwich which saw police land search teams involved after metal objects and bone were discovered.

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7 Comments

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  2. Wyrdtimes

    24th September, 2009 at 11:52 am

    This is fantastic! Apparently its a find on a par with Sutton Hoo in terms of historic significance.

    This is far too important to let it be swanned off to London – we should build a museum for this where it was found on the edge of our very own Lichfield!

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  4. boley roley

    24th September, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    True Wyrdtimes. Our town and surrounding area’s are baked in history.One enthusiast said the other week ” where would you bank your money a thousand years ago ? ” Metal dectectors all round but im not doing Stowe Pool.

  5. Lesley Wheeler

    25th September, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    This is the most exciting thing to happen in the area in a long time, its so exciting!!, I cannot wait to see this amazing treasure when it eventually goes on public display, I have lived in Chasetown all my life and events like this only ever happen once in a life time and im so glad it happened in mine and my Childrens, It has given us all something to be proud of, Well done Mr Herbert.

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