The Staffordshire Hoard –the largest assemblage of Anglo-Saxon metalwork yet found in England – has been assembled in its entirety for the first time since its excavation, as part of a major research project that is still uncovering a wealth of clues about this unique collection.
When the cache was first discovered in a Hammerwich field in 2009, it was thought to contain some 3,500 fragments. This total has now been boosted to close to 4,000, thanks in part to the discovery of an additional 81 pieces in the same field in 2012 (CA 276), and to hundreds more tiny fragments emerging from clumps of soil during conservation.
Comparable to the Sutton Hoo finds in their exquisite artistry, these items have been brought together to allow Anglo-Saxon specialist Chris Fern to examine them typologically. This has allowed him painstakingly to reunite objects that were broken into many pieces, and identify pairs and sets of sword fittings from the same weapon. Around 1,000 such links have been made so far. Read more.