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Some of the items which make up The Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities Scheme
The discovery of the UK’s largest ever haul of Anglo-Saxon gold near Lichfield has made headlines around the globe. The artefacts were unearthed in a field by 55-year-old Terry Herbert – and the find has catapulted the Burntwood man’s face and finds across the world. Mr Herbert, who made the find in July, is still waiting to find out how much he is likely to receive for the find, but some experts have said he could share a seven-figure sum with the owner of the field on which the itesm were discovered. And his discoveryof the so-called Staffordshire Hoard has turned the unemployed Burntwood resident into a global star. The New York Times reported the Anglo-Saxon discovery, telling its readers how the “craftsmanship and historical significance left archaeologists awestruck”. Australia’s ABC News, meanwhile, speculated that the finds could belong to a Pagan King, while readers of the Sydney Morning Herald were told how an expert shed a tear after seeing the momentous discovery. Indian news outlets were also kept informed of the discovery by Reuters India, while CNN’s global audience was also told just how significant the find was. Jonathan Manthorpe assured Vancouver Sun readers that the find would “revolutionise” our understanding of the Anglo-Saxon period. The Boston Globe’s audience, meanwhile, were given a full background on Mr Herbert and his “dream” discovery.


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