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Pontefract: Lecture: The Staffordshire Hoard 19 April #anglosaxon #archaeology

posted 28 Feb 2013, 15:29 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 1 Feb 2016, 15:13 ]
Pontefract and District Archaeological Society


In 2009 the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork was discovered. It consists of over 3500 items of gold, and silver, nearly all martial in character. The quality of the gold is amazing, and more importantly, the craftsmanship is consummate. This was the very best that Anglo-Saxon metalworkers could forge – and they were good. The artefacts have been dated to the Seventh and Eighth centuries, to the time of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. The hoard has been valued at £3.3 million, and has now been acquired for the nation. 

The meeting will be addressed by Dr Kevin Leahy FSA, MIFA, the British Museum’s National Finds Adviser for Anglo-Saxon metalwork. Following excavation Kevin and his wife were the first people to examine the hoard. Their reaction was that this was England’s Tutankhamun! 

The meeting will be held in the Central Methodist Church, WF8 1NB, off Jubilee Way, Pontefract, on 19th April 2013 beginning at 7-15pm. Illustrated. 

The meeting is open to all interested parties but there is an entrance charge. To members of the Pontefract & District Archaeological Society it will be £2, and to non members it will be £5. 

To obtain tickets, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: 

Robert Evison, 55 Hardwick Road, Carleton, PONTEFRACT, West Riding of Yorkshire, WF8 3QY, with the requisite remission, cheques payable to the Pontefract & District Archaeological Society. 

Contact telephone: 01977 798264, or email 
Paul Brayford,
28 Feb 2013, 15:30