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24th September 2009
See artefacts from the Anglo-Saxon treasure
The most important objects from the Staffordshire hoard will be on show at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from Friday 25th September to Tuesday 13th October.
Dr Kevin Leahy, from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, said of the Anglo-Saxon treasure:
'The quantity of gold is amazing but, more importantly, the craftsmanship is consummate. This was the very best the Anglo-Saxon metalworkers could do, and they were very good. Tiny garnets were cut to shape and set in a mass of cells to give a rich, glowing effect; it is stunning. Its origins are clearly the very highest-levels of Saxon aristocracy or royalty. It belonged to the elite.'
See the Exhibitions and Event page for more information.
See an interview with Duncan Slarke of the Portable Antiquities Scheme who is based at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. He was the first archaeologist to see the hoard. The video is at the Birmingham News Room website.
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