Selection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts from the Staffordshire Hoard, one of the most important collections of Anglo-Saxon objects found in England.
Originally discovered by metal detectorist Terry Herbert in July 2009 and subsequently excavated by Birmingham University Archaeology Unit and Staffordshire County Council.
Leslie Webster, former Keeper of Prehistory and Europe at the British Museum describes this discovery as:
"…this is going to alter our perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England in the seventh and early eighth century as radically, if not moreso, as the 1939 Sutton Hoo discoveries did; it will make historians and literary scholars review what their sources tell us, and archaeologists and art-historians rethink the chronology of metalwork and manuscripts; and it will make us all think again about rising (and failing) kingdoms and the expression of regional identities in this period, the complicated transition from paganism to Christianity, the conduct of battle and the nature of fine metalwork production - to name only a few of the many huge issues it raises. Absolutely the metalwork equivalent of finding a new Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells."
Courtesy Staffordshire hoard, via the Portable Antiquities Scheme (where you can see the rest of the objects from the hoard), British Museum.