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This is way cool!

Posted on 2009.09.25 at 13:39
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I saw this article on Yahoo news about the newly discovered Staffordshire Hoard.  A recent discovery of an incredible Anglo-Saxon treasure which archaeologists are saying is more significant than the Sutton Hoo find!  My archaeologist's soul does a snoopy dance.   What I find so amazing about this is the idea that still in this day and age when one would think everything that could be found has been . . . and then we discover there is still more to discover.  Fabulous.
Here's a website with shiny pics.

Pieces from the Staffordshire hoard, discovered July, 2009


keiliss at 2009-09-25 20:53 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, thanks for the link :)

Today I heard an interview with someone who's spent a little time digging there. She said when she held the first piece she was in tears. It's just amazing this was found by chance by a guy with an old metal detector...
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-25 22:12 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, although I understand that there's now a dispute between the guy and his friend who owned the land. They are supposed to split a big reward from the find. I wonder if the British Museum will get it? I'm also thrilled that professional archaeologists got to excavate it and that it's not going to end up sold to some private collector. I don't know what the laws are in England about it, but anyway, it sounds as if everything was done properly.
keiliss at 2009-09-25 22:52 (UTC) (Link)
As I understood it this afternoon, any find more than three hundred years old automatically becomes Crown property and is placed with the most appropriate museum, so it's pretty secure.

The process of valuing the Hoard and determining the reward will take quite a while... apparently those two guys had a fifty/fifty deal, but I guess that looked less attractive once people started talking about an estimated value well into the millions, lol.
Jaiden S
jaiden_s at 2009-09-25 22:40 (UTC) (Link)
I watched the video of it on MSN. Very exciting! Makes me want to grab a used metal detector and head out.
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-26 03:04 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I should go look up the video. That guy must be over the moon about it. Btw, that is the coolest icon. I love it.
salixbabylon at 2009-09-26 03:55 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! I am so out of the loop that i hadn't heard of this at all. Thank you! :)
andolinn at 2009-09-26 04:40 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that phenominal? I mean one day he's Terry-Ordinary, age 55 with an ancient metal detector, and the next he's done something really wonderful that will advance the study of a civilization and wow us all for centuries.

*shakes head*

How quickly life can change!
aglarien1 at 2009-09-26 05:38 (UTC) (Link)
Saw that on the news this morning - totally amazing. What a great find.
chaotic_binky at 2009-09-26 16:47 (UTC) (Link)
It's great isn't it!

I didn't realise there was a site up for it, as I only read in the Times a few days ago about it. Thanks for finding and posting it :D

Hugs binky xxx
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-26 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
Apparently the guy got this site up in a day. I just spent an enjoyable half hour on it. Recommend highly the simulation where you can take a metal detector and look for artifacts in the fictional village of West Mucking. Here:
chaotic_binky at 2009-09-27 08:15 (UTC) (Link)
That was fun :D Thanks.
keincaled at 2009-09-27 08:19 (UTC) (Link)
Oooo awesome! I haven't seen anything like this since.. well ... Sutton Hoo. LOL Thanks for sharing!
elfscribe5 at 2009-09-27 16:41 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome!
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