Find out how you can support the Staffordshire Hoard research and conservation.
With approximately 4,000 fragments to analyse, the research project has been running since 2012.
Nothing quite like it had ever been found in Anglo-Saxon England before.
Stage 1 of the analysis ran from March 2012 to May 2014.
This was slightly longer than had been originally planned as additional pieces of the Hoard were found in late November / early December 2012.
IT IS FIVE years since amateur metal detectorist Terry Herbert stumbled upon the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever unearthed, on farmland south of Lichfield in Staffordshire.
More usually yielding potatoes and carrots, farmer Fred Johnson’s soil even turned up further booty following ploughing in 2012.
It has its own website where details of where it is currently exhibited can be found. Since 2011 we have been managing the research project that will lead to its publication.
The title of this is In the first year we conducted an assessment.
These came to light after the first ploughing of the field since the discovery in 2009.
Warwickshire Archaeology had conducted a systematic field walking and metal detecting survey on the site after the ploughing.
Younger visitors can get to grips with microscopes and see some of the unusual tools that a conservator uses while working with these precious objects.
In addition, visitors can peek into Anglo-Saxon England in the ‘Mead Hall’ showing how a 7th-century Lord and his warriors once lived.
The Staffordshire Hoard attracted world-wide attention when it was found by a metal detectorist in the summer of 2009.