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Experts Awed by Anglo-Saxon Treasure
NY Times ^ | September 25, 2009 | JOHN F. BURNS

Posted on 09/25/2009 12:10:39 PM PDT by neverdem

LONDON — For the jobless man living on welfare who made the find in an English farmer’s field two months ago, it was the stuff of dreams: a hoard of early Anglo-Saxon treasure, probably dating from the seventh century and including more than 1,500 pieces of intricately worked gold and silver whose craftsmanship and historical significance left archaeologists awestruck.

When the discovery in Staffordshire was announced Thursday, experts described it as one of the most important in British archaeological history. They said it surpassed the greatest previous discovery of its kind, a royal burial chamber unearthed in 1939 at Sutton Hoo, in Suffolk. That find shaped scholars’ understanding of the warring Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of 1,300 years ago that ended up as the unified kingdom of England.

The new trove includes items that one expert in Anglo-Saxon artifacts said brought tears to her eyes: gold items weighing 11 pounds, and 5.5 pounds of silver. Tentatively identified by some experts as bounty from one of the wars that racked Middle England in the seventh and eighth centuries, they included dagger hilts, pieces of scabbards and swords, helmet cheekpieces, Christian crosses and figures of animals like eagles and fish.

Archaeologists tentatively estimated the value of the trove at 1 million pounds — about $1.6 million — but say it could be many times that. And they took a vicarious pleasure in noting that the discovery was not the outcome of a carefully planned archaeological enterprise, but the product of a lone amateur stumbling about with a metal detector...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: anglosaxon; discovery; godsgravesglyphs; gold; treasure

1 posted on 09/25/2009 12:10:40 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Beowulf wants his loot back.


2 posted on 09/25/2009 12:11:25 PM PDT by Borges
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping


3 posted on 09/25/2009 12:12:07 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Anglo-Saxon_hoard

Discovered back in July, NYT is late as usual...


4 posted on 09/25/2009 12:14:00 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: neverdem

Bigger than Sutton Hoo. That’s truly amazing!

I’m sure that the estimated value of one million pounds is a very low-ball figure.


5 posted on 09/25/2009 12:14:36 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: neverdem
Exclusive photo of welfare dude discovering the gold:


6 posted on 09/25/2009 12:15:29 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: neverdem

Quite remarkable.


7 posted on 09/25/2009 12:16:32 PM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Snickering Hound

Not announced until this week. The Wiki page you posted was created on Sept 24 at 10:16.


8 posted on 09/25/2009 12:16:37 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: proxy_user

Not announced until this week. The Wiki page you posted was created on Sept 24 at 10:16.
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But it’s on the internet and Wiki...so it must be doubleplus true...


9 posted on 09/25/2009 12:20:13 PM PDT by Ribeye (Protective head wear courtesy of Reynolds Aluminum Products- Extra-cranial RF Suppression Division)
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To: neverdem

Wonder if the UK has eminent domain laws like we have?.


10 posted on 09/25/2009 12:40:39 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz

Treasure trove


11 posted on 09/25/2009 1:09:31 PM PDT by Winniesboy (61 years a NHS patient; 7 years a Freeper)
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To: FormerACLUmember

That film version of the story was such a stinker. It barely followed the storyline of the original poem.


12 posted on 09/25/2009 1:21:49 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: neverdem

13 posted on 09/25/2009 2:00:55 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: neverdem

I am denied access to the NYSlimes (I refuse to register with them); so I can’t read the whole article.

The more interesting, and important aspect of this find, if that importance exists in this case, is besides different Anglo-Saxon artifacts that were maybe not seen before, what “new” information was learned about the Anglo-Saxons in Britain of that era. That would be my interest.


14 posted on 09/25/2009 3:47:54 PM PDT by Wuli
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15 posted on 09/25/2009 7:20:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: neverdem

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Thanks neverdem.

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16 posted on 09/25/2009 7:21:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Snickering Hound

It was kept quiet for a couple of months while the excavation went on. It was revealed publicly this week.


17 posted on 09/25/2009 7:22:36 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Snickering Hound

tell me you are being sarcastic and don’t actually believe that this was public info or on wikipedia in july.


18 posted on 09/25/2009 11:59:55 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: neverdem

drats...they found the family treasure first


19 posted on 09/26/2009 12:00:48 AM PDT by wardaddy
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To: Cicero

if this guy and the land owner only get a million pounds then it will be a theft from them. 1500 items, ~12 pounds in gold, etc., this is worth 10 times that, if it is priceable at all. What in eurpoean finds do you compare this to?


20 posted on 09/26/2009 12:06:11 AM PDT by WoofDog123
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