Hoards

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The Staffordshire Hoard

The largest hoard of Anglo Saxon gold ever found, was discovered this summer by a metal-detectorist in a field in Staffordshire and is set to revolutionise our perceptions of life in the 7th and 8th centuries. With more than 650 items made from gold, and more than 500 in silver this is truly a king’s […]

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The Mildenhall Treasure: a secret history

The British Museum’s Richard Hobbs has been playing detective — investigating the 60-year-old mystery surrounding the spectacular Mildenhall Treasure and here he reports on the outcome of his enquiries. One of the most celebrated hoards ever recovered from British soil, the Mildenhall Treasure consists of 34 pieces of exquisitely decorated Roman silver tableware of the […]

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Suffolk Gold

A stunning hoard of Iron Age gold coins was found in Suffolk in spring 2008, and has turned out to be one of the largest and most spectacular finds of its kind in Britain. Unusually, for a find of this size, almost all the coins were found actually in situ at the base of the […]

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Massive hoard of Bronze Age axes found

A Bronze Age axe hoard has been discovered at a site near Swanage, on the Isle of Purbeck, in south Dorset. Over 300 axe heads were found by metal detectorists, who initially thought they had found an unexploded bomb, so great was the signal from their equipment.

Bath Coin Hoard

Archaeologists working for Cotswold Archaeology have uncovered a rare mid 3rd century Roman coin hoard in Bath. Based on the size of the deposit, this hoard could contain over 1,000 coins and was lifted as a single soil block from the site, where the main pool will be built for the Gainsborough Hotel and Thermal Spa, to be taken away […]

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The Harrogate Hoard

A reminder of our Viking past was recently discovered lurking beneath a Yorkshire field; what is now being called the ‘Harrogate Hoard’ is an archaeological find of global significance. Said by experts to be the most important Viking find in Britain in 150 years, the finders, metal detectorists David and Andrew Whelan, called the discovery […]

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