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TheCoxwain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-24-09 11:30 AM
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Largest-ever Anglo-Saxon gold hoard unearthed in England
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Source: CNN

A man using a metal detector in a rural English field has uncovered the largest Anglo-Saxon gold hoard ever found -- an "unprecedented" treasure that sheds new light on history, archaeologists said Thursday.



The hoard includes 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of gold and 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of silver. That is more than three times the amount of gold found at Sutton Hoo, one of Britain's most important Anglo-Saxon sites, said the local council in Staffordshire where the latest haul was found.

It's an "incredible collection of material -- absolutely unprecedented," said Kevin Leahy, an archaeologist with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a voluntary group that records finds made by members of the public. "We've moved into new ground with this material."

Because the find is so large and important, experts haven't been able to say yet how much it is worth. They hope to make a valuation within 13 months, Staffordshire Council said.

Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/09/24/stafford...



I have always found ads for the metal detectors really funny .. ( at the actors who are really happy about finding some crap in their backyard) .. Ive always wondered who are the Idiots who buy such stuff...

well ... I wont laugh anymore.
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