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Footage released of discovery of historical gold near Lichfield

Behind the scenes footage of the archaeological dig near Lichfield which uncovered the largest ever discovery of Anglo-Saxon gold has been made available.

Staffordshire County Council have made the footage available online as they tell the story of the unique find of more than 1,000 gold items.

The Staffordshire Hoard from Staffs CC on Vimeo.

The council’s archaeological experts were brought in to work on The Staffordshire Hoard after it was reported to them by Burntwood metal detectorist Terry Herbert earlier this year. Their experts were co-ordinating the dig, working with the finder, landowner and national experts.

A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council explained:

“The unveiling of the story at an international press conference last week was the culmination of two months of activity for the team. Now the story of the amazing find and a flavour of the euphoria it has generated have been captured on film.”

Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins added:

“Staffordshire really is on the international map as a golden county. A place where the truly astounding can happen. This find puts us in the spotlight as a place at the centre of historical change.

“For the team at Staffordshire this has been an amazing couple of months as we have worked to protect this treasure, working with the very best in the business at a national and international level. This is an astounding discovery, an exceptional story of professional dedication and commitment today – helping to open up a fascinating and formative chapter in the annals of the past.

“The Staffordshire Hoard is shining a bright light on our place in English history – and energising Staffordshire pride for success into the future.”

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