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Archaeologist lifts the lid on the Staffordshire Hoard at Lichfield talk

Some of the items which make up The Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities Scheme

Some of the items which make up The Staffordshire Hoard. Pic: Portable Antiquities Scheme

An audience of 300 discovered all about the Staffordshire Hoard at archaeologist Ian Wykes’ talk at the Lichfield Garrick.

As Staffordshire County Council’s Head of Historic Environment, he led the dig to recover the Anglo-Saxon gold found near the city.

And public interest is clearly still high in the find as Ian held two sell-out talks on the subject on March 5.

Audience members heard Ian’s thoughts on the outstanding craftsmanship displayed in the Hoard, how it may have come to be buried in ancient Mercia, and the upper-echelon’s of Anglo-Saxon warrior society.

He said:

“In some ways it is still easier to talk in negatives about the Hoard – we know what it is not, such as a burial. What we do know is that it is an absolutely unique treasure and will be studied and debated for many years.”

County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities added:

“The Hoard has created a real hunger for knowledge about Anglo-Saxon Mercia in Staffordshire people. Ian was originally only giving one talk, but sold out the Garrick’s studio so quickly that a second-sitting had to be arranged which also immediately sold-out.”

Around £2,000 was raised toward the £5 million fund-raising effort to buy and conserve the Hoard for the region. Staffordshire County Council is working with partners including Lichfield Distict Council. Stoke and Birmingham City Councils and The Art Fund.

Ian and County Archaeologist Steve Dean next speak about the Hoard on March 29 at Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre. The talk, which will also cover new revelations about Anglo-Saxon Stafford, is already a 450 sell-out.

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