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

A website has been built to showcase a huge collection of gold artefacts unearthed by a Burntwood man in what is believed to be the biggest find of its type in the UK.

The Anglo-Saxon goods were discovered in an unknown location by 55-year-old Terry Herbert at a location believed to be near Lichfield.

The discovery, now known as The Staffordshire Hoard, contains a number of warfare-type items in exceptional condition.

Many of the items are due to go on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, but the new website – www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk – has given the public a sneak preview of some of the historical treasures which were found.

The site contains information on the Hoard and incorporates many of the pictures which have been made available on the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s Flickr page.


Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

10 replies on “Website reveals Anglo-Saxon treasures found by Burntwood man”

  1. Terry Herbert should be fully compensated for whatever the value of his find is…..He could have not told anyone, and sold it quietly, to collectors for huge sums of money. Whatever the value of this treasure is, he should get 100% of the value. Even if Great Britian has to pay for it, out of its treasury. For the State to “take it over” without full compensation of its worth, is Social Thievery. It is Mr. Herberts treasure, and whatever he wants to pay the farmer for,and sell the treasure for, is his business. The farmer gave him permission to metal detect.; Whatever the terms, it is between Mr.Herbert and the farmer. It is sickening to see “state officials” “confiscate treasures” in the name of “the State or Government”, that people and businesses take the time to find on their own .with their own personal investment, and money. Mr. Hebert should be treated as a hero for his determination, and persistance in discovering this treasure, which is his to own. and he has every right, to sell it for its true actual cash value worth. This is reminiscent of the Biblical story, of how “when one finds “a treasure of great worth,” he buries it in a field…”( I can honestly say that I have “ownership” in that treasure-not of gold , silver or diamonds…but.the Spritual gift of Jesus Christ,)

  2. i agree he should get to have it all and split it with the farmer – ust like the USA they wht there cut the UK i wouldn’t told know one ….

  3. He will get the market value. It is of course priceless, so it will be hard to put a price on it, and will take a long time. However, it is right and proper that the Crown should take ownership and responsibility for it on behalf of us. I do hope that it brings prosperiety to Staffordshire. Its a great story

  4. All this talk of anglo saxon gold is nonsense.
    This be Pirate Gold.
    Between muckley corner and Wall is the furthest place from high tide in the U.K.
    This is why so many Pirates used lichfield as a ‘safe haven’ as it was the last place any pirate hunters would have looked.

    I suspect Terry Herbert got hold of a ‘treasue map’ and located the gold with it – or why else the sudden success?

  5. These two people need to be fairly rewarded (say 5%) otherwise looting and robbery will rob the rest of us of being able to see this historical find and for the academics to study.

  6. You will have heard of the Brown Hill Hoard
    Our worthy warrior prince, a well-loved shield brother, great in battle,High born in the blood of Woden and Offa, wielding war-gear, ripped with terrible and bitter blows from fearless men, now Hell possessed, fell breathe-choked at the Brown Hill. Wary and fearful of the Danes in the East, and reaching into the forest, the hoard, no less great than his many hard-won and famed victories, is slipped under the forest floor, out of harm’s way. Safe in the earth’s keeping, the hard won scrap-gold rests. What treasures: bright red stones from far distant lands, all wrapped in gold; the crumpled cross of the Wielder of Glory; and Beasts of The Book.War-gear wrought with skill: sword-fixings; hilts; cheek-pieces; arm-bands. The finest war-trappings of the finest men, battle-fallen and gone.  In time a finder comes, Walh halh born, a wood-skilled earth-scourer,scrap-finder of renown, following the ploughman, a son of John.Around his Feast Day he tilled the treasure, unlocked the hoard. Now all hail the ancient and forgotten sword-heroes of middle earth.
    P.S. The nearest museum to Brownhills is at Walh halh and context is everything: http://www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk/about

  7. Further to my opinions put on the web yesterday, I gained my knowledge from the Anglo Saxon Chronicle and Bede’s History of he English People and is not prejudiced by a university education. I put my views to Leslie Webster at the British Museum on 27th January. She said my information was correct but dismissed it. Perhaps she is planning to write a book

  8. Maybe. Who knows what goes on the minds of these people who’ve been to university corrupted as they are by such mad ideas as evidence and proper referencing. Even someone who like yourself who hasn’t been “prejudiced by a university education” might argue that Bede and the Chronicles are about as much use a chocolate fire guard in determining the origin of the hoard. Me for example.

  9. I think Jean has a point: lots of people are exploiting the Brownhills Hoard for their own ends; none of them local to the find area.

  10. The artefacts are simply stunning. You should visit the web site – the items have been beautifully photographed, although I would like to see them first-hand.

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