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Archaeologist backs bid to keep Staffordshire Hoard finds in Midlands

A campaign to keep new Staffordshire Hoard finds back to the Midlands is being supported by the archaeologist who helped uncover the original pieces.

Stephen Dean was part of the team who painstakingly recovered the Anglo-Saxon items from a Hammerwich field in 2009.

One of the new Staffordshire Hoard items. Pic: Vivienne Bailey

One of the new Staffordshire Hoard items. Pic: Vivienne Bailey

More artefacts – valued at £57,395 – were uncovered in November 2012 and a campaign has been launched to reunite the finds.

Stephen, Staffordshire County Council’s principal archaeologist, also supervised the recovery of new items. He said: “To be involved in the amazing story of the Staffordshire Hoard really has been a once in a lifetime opportunity as an archaeologist.

“Although the new discoveries in 2012 were on a much smaller scale, in terms of both value and number, they provide an important piece of the jigsaw to learning more about life in Anglo-Saxon times.

“It is extremely important that the Hoard is kept together and we would be delighted to see all the pieces brought back to the region.”

The Treasure Valuation Committee – a panel of independent experts which meets at the British Museum – carefully examined all 81 pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard found in the same field as the initial 3,500-piece collection.

The original finds were purchased by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council after being valued at more than £3.2million.

The two authorities have now launched a fund-raising campaign to raise money to ensure the new items are brought back to the West Midlands.

For more information, visit www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/donate.

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