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Update on Staffordshire Hoard Research

The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found, the Staffordshire Hoard links us back to an age of warrior splendour in seventh century England. Found by a metal detectorist in 2009, the hoard consists of fragments of high-quality war gear, mainly swords.

A range of artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard
Some of the finds from the Staffordshire Hoard including sword fittings. © Birmingham Museums Trust

After archaeologists were alerted to the finds, Historic England gave funds and advice to Staffordshire County Council to help retrieve and secure them.

A major public fund-raising effort purchased the hoard jointly for Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Birmingham Museums Trust and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent are jointly responsible for the care of it.

See a full list of partners and funders.

Visit the Staffordshire Hoard

Staffordshire Hoard conservation and research

Historic England, has given £400,000 to fund a research project that is helping to reveal the secrets of the Staffordshire Hoard and increase public understanding of this unique archaeological treasure. The owners of the hoard have also contributed towards this research. Find out how you can support the Staffordshire Hoard research and conservation.

A conservator holding a sword mount which she has been conserving at Birmingham Museum
Conserving the Staffordshire Hoard: Kayleigh Fuller shows a mount from a sword hilt that she has completed working on. © Birmingham Museums Trust

Research online

With approximately 4,000 fragments to analyse, the research project has been running since 2012.

At the half-way point, the researchers Barbican Research Associates summarised findings in Historic England Research Magazine Issue 2.

A further 24 specialist reports and surveys are now available online via the Archaeology Data Service .

Find out more from the Staffordshire Hoard research project update.

2018 will see publication of a book exploring the Hoard in more depth, the objects’ meanings and how they relate to each other. Sign up to our newsletter for updates on this and other future publications.

A pyramid shaped sword fitting from the Staffordhsire Hoard
A gold pyramid shaped sword fitting from the Staffordshire Hoard, decorated with garnets and filigree work. © Birmingham Museums Trust
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