Archaeologists complete second dig at Staffordshire Hoard site

A hilt fitting from the Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities

A hilt fitting from the Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities

A second stage of digs has been completed on a site near Lichfield where the Staffordshire Hoard was uncovered.

A team or archaeologists led by Staffordshire County Council’s Principal Archaeologist Steve Dean were attempting todiscover more about why the treasure, which includes more than 1,500 Anglo Saxon artefacts, was left there.

In total five trenches and ten test pits were dug on the site in an effort to find clues on what the landscape was like at the time, and what other natural or man made features there are in the area.

Steve explained:

“The aim of the dig was to find out more about the context in which the Hoard was left.  A total of five trenches have been dug, where we were looking to find more detail on why the Hoard was found.  No features are directly associated with the Hoard, but we are still awaiting the soil analysis which will give more detail of on the formation of the landscape in which the Hoard was found.”

Thanks to a massive fundraising effort to secure the £3.3million needed to save the Hoard, it will now remain in the West Midlands.  However a further £1.7 million will need to be raised in order for the vital cleaning, interpretation, conservation and research to be carried out.

The Staffordshire Hoard is being acquired by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery working in partnership with the councils of Staffordshire, Birmingham, Lichfield, Tamworth and the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

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