Warrior Treasure

The Staffordshire Hoard in Anglo-Saxon England

By Chris Fern, Jenni Butterworth

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The Staffordshire Hoard is one of the great discoveries of British archaeology, an unparalleled treasure of the early Anglo-Saxon period. Chanced upon in summer 2009, in an ordinary field north of Birmingham, its hundreds of objects of the 6th to 7th centuries AD amount to a total of 4 kilograms of gold and 1.7 kilograms of silver. An archaeological excavation at the site was followed by a dedicated research project to understand why this trove of warriors and kings was buried, and what part it had played in the bloody cauldron of conflict that shaped early England.

This book is an accessible account of the Staffordshire Hoard project and its findings. It tells of the discovery of the Hoard, the fundraising campaign to save it for the nation, and the scientific methods used to study it. Its many extraordinary objects are described in detail and lavishly illustrated: hundreds of gold, garnet and silver weapon fittings, unique sacred objects, Christian crosses, one magnificent helmet and more. The book also provides information on the places, people and events that place this remarkable find in context, with sections on the kingdom of Mercia and its neighbours, Anglo-Saxon warfare, religion, craft techniques and comparable archaeological sites.

Key features

  • The first book for the general reader on the Staffordshire Hoard, featuring the exciting results of its ten-year research project.
  • Lavishly illustrated with images of the Staffordshire Hoard’s amazing objects.
  • Written by a leading expert on the Staffordshire Hoard, Chris Fern.
  • Featuring Anglo-Saxon warrior culture as never seen before.


  • Timeline
  • Acknowledgements and illustration credits
  • List of abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Discovery and investigation
  • Conservation and research
  • What is the Hoard?
  • Jewel of Mercia
  • Weapons and warfare
  • The royal smith
  • Belief in the Anglo-Saxon world
  • Christian objects
  • Art styles
  • Treasure of kingdoms
  • Burial
  • Afterword
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography and recommended reading

Warrior Treasure

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Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 128
  • ISBN: 9781800854819 (Paperback) | eISBN:9781837649334 (PDF)


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