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    Kevin Leahy(Author),Roger Bland(Author)

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On 5 July 2009 a metal-detectorist started to unearth gold objects in a Staffordshire field. Thus began the discovery of the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. Consisting of over 1600 items including fittings from the hilts of swords, fragments from helmets, Christian crosses and magnificent pieces of garnet work the Staffordshire Hoard has begun to rewrite history. This new and extended edition of the successful title by Kevin Leahy and Roger Bland delves deeper into the story behind the hoard, using the latest research to fill previous gaps in knowledge and turn some of the original ideas about the discovery on their head. Complete with new photography of the cleaned and conserved objects, showing off the stunning and intricate decoration, this book provides a fascinating account of the history and the discovery of this remarkable hoard.

Professor Roger Bland is a leading expert in ancient coinage. He was the Principal Investigator of the Hoarding Project. Now retired, he was formerly a curator in the Department of Coins and Medals, later Keeper of the Department of Prehistory and Europe at the British Museum and founded the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

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  • By Stone Dog on November 24, 2016

    I got this and immediately knew I would be disappointed. It is a very small, thin book of little substance and covers so little of the many finds of the hoard. A good many of the objects are photographed unrestored and I was surprised how few of the thousands of objects that were recovered, The text is okay...as far as it goes, which isn't very far,There's no context for the items for the most part. The photography is sometimes very good, but there's just too little here to learn anything from. There's not even enough to really enjoy it, knowing how much of the hoard there really is.

  • By Fozwort on January 2, 2012

    This is a booklet rushed out by the British Museum after this hoard was discovered, to meet the great needs generated by the discovery, its early display and to profit from the publicity surrounding it. It is a good work and professionally done, but do not expect it to be a definitive coverage - that will come with later publications. The photos are a 'teaser' and many of the golden artifacts have obviously not yet been conserved or cleaned when the photos were taken. Information on this hoard has been updated for the general public such as with the PBS special on the hoard and the excellent National Geographic magazine article dated November, 2011. This hoard will be like Sutton Hoo, with the British Museum and experts involved in the conservation and study of this find in Staffordshire bringing out many future titles for both the layman as well as professional archaeologists and historians. So get a copy of this for your bookshelf while it is still available if, like me, you can't get enough of the wonders that are still turning up in the soils and waters of the British countryside. If you google 'hoards' on Wikipedia, you will also be led to what is known about many other significant treasure hoards going back into antiquity. If you are motivated to start or increase your metal detecting - do so with landowner permission and know a local historian or archaeologist to contact if you are one of the fortunate ones to find a site of historical interest, so that it can be put in context for the enjoyment of future generations.

  • By Rhode Island Ray on May 18, 2011

    The Staffordshire Hoard book is an excellent overview of the discovery and how it was discovered. It also has an excellent collection of photographs to illustrate what was found and shows close up photos of the early Anglo-Saxon pagan art style. In the discussion it talks about ideas on why this gold/silver and metal art treasure was located at this perticular place, and discusses some of the art style and its similarity to the Sutton Hoo find in 1939.This is an excellent book for anyone to have if you are interested in Anglo-Saxon history and pagan art. Hopefully in the next comming years there will be a detailed publication and analysis showing what the items look like when they are fully cleaned, art illustrating showing what the items looked like undamaged, and a detailed comparison of this Anglo-Saxon Pagan Art style with earlier and later Anglo-Saxon art styles.

  • By invisible on March 18, 2014

    This book is worth buying as it provides some insights and photos of the Staffordshire Hoard that I've not seen elsewhere.The hoard, for those who don't follow such things, is probably the biggest and most diverse example of preserved original material we have found showing the ancient metalwork techniques of the British Isles. It shows native examples objects made by casting, carving, chasing, repouse, soldering, inlay, hammering and lots more. It demonstrates design motifs which have been largely lost and those which have changed over the centuries.

  • By Michael L. Wilson on September 26, 2016

    This is the "quick hit" first publication book on the hoard. While I'm sure that a more complete publication will come as the hoard is fully cleaned up and analyzed, this gives only a light overview of some of the first pieces to be studied. It's cheap enough to be worthwhile to the impatient.

  • By Lady Of the Dark Tower on September 16, 2014

    About Celtic gold in England. The usual good work from there. This adds greatly to my knowledge of the Celts and their gold.

  • By Michael Hill on May 13, 2017

    An excellent synopsis of this discovery produced at very short notice.

  • By C. Baron on July 25, 2014

    The objects seen in reality are the most incredible I have ever seen. They make Sutton Hoo appear crude. Unfortunately this volume's images do not do them justice.


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