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Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found

Post Number:#1  Postby Whyte Eagle » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:40 pm

Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found

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Buried for centuries in a field in central England, this finely worked, 1,300-year-old fragment of gold plate was revealed today as part of the largest Anglo-Saxon hoard ever found.

Showing two eagles flanking a fish, the Dark Ages treasure was one of more than 1,500 scattered gold and silver artifacts unearthed in July by metal detector enthusiast Terry Herbert on his friend's farm near the town of Burntwood.

"The quantity of gold is amazing but, more importantly, the craftsmanship is consummate," Kevin Leahy of the London-based Portable Antiquities Scheme said in a statement. The group records archaeological objects discovered by amateur treasure hunters in the U.K.

"This was the very best that the Anglo-Saxon metalworkers could do," Leahy said. "And they were very good."
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Post Number:#2  Postby Whyte Eagle » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:42 pm

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Inlaid with garnets, this ornamental stud once decorated the sword sheath of a high-ranking warrior, or possibly a king, in Dark Ages Britain, experts announced on September 24, 2009.

The stud is part of the largest known Anglo-Saxon gold hoard, mainly ancient war gear, especially sword fittings.

Most of the precious metal items are believed to date to around A.D. 700, when England was divided into rival, almost constantly warring kingdoms, experts said.
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Post Number:#3  Postby Whyte Eagle » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:43 pm

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"Rise up O Lord, and may thy enemies be dispersed and those who hate thee," reads the Latin inscription on this strip of gold--a fitting bit of Bible verse for a war-torn place and time, Britain in the Dark Ages (roughly A.D. 500 to 1000). The strip is part of a roughly 1,300-year-old Anglo-Saxon gold hoard announced on September 24, 2009.

The Anglo-Saxons were Germanic peoples who colonized England beginning in the 400s; founded the country on the island of Great Britain; and gave rise to the English language.
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Post Number:#4  Postby Whyte Eagle » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:45 pm

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Paved with garnets, this gold sword-handle fitting was among many combat-related treasures--possibly spoils of war--in the largest known Anglo-Saxon gold hoard, announced September 24, 2009.

"There was absolutely nothing feminine" among the buried hoard, found in rural England, Kevin Leahy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme said in a statement.

"It looks like a collection of trophies," Leahy said. "But it is impossible to say if the hoard was the spoils from a single battle or a long and highly successful military career."

It remains a mystery who buried the treasure--and why and when--experts say.
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Post Number:#5  Postby Whyte Eagle » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:46 pm

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These gold sword fittings from the newfound Anglo-Saxon hoard represent just a tiny fraction of the hundreds of artifacts found in England and announced on September 24, 2009.

The exact location of the farm where the hoard was found is being kept secret for fear of looters. But experts did say the site once lay at the heart of the old Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, which existed from the sixth to the tenth century, when it became part of the fledgling Kingdom of England.

The total weight of gold recovered amounts to 11 pounds (5 kilograms)--considerably more than the 3.8 pounds (1.7 kilograms) found at the rich Anglo-Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo in 1939.
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Post Number:#6  Postby Whyte Eagle » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:47 pm

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This gold horse head was possibly the crest of a helmet--one of many ornate helmet parts discovered in the Anglo-Saxon gold hoard revealed September 24, 2009.

Many of the other treasures in the hoard are decorated in an Anglo-Saxon style known for strange animals, often depicted interlaced or with their jaws intertwined.

"Despite their warlike nature," said Leahy, of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, "the decoration on these objects is delightful."
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Re: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found

Post Number:#7  Postby Alan Hassell » Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:25 pm

The origins of the gold in Staffordshire.

1. The area was disputed territory.

2. It was the land of the Khumric Welsh Prince Cyndylan.
The Mercians had arrived in the area in circa AD 548.
This hoard is close to the Mercian centre of power.

3. The hoard appears to be bits and pieces from the Battle gear and armour of the Welsh

Princes
There was a major deciding battle between the two sides.

4. The items appear to represent Christian folk in their nature.
The Khumric Welsh adopted Christianity in AD 37.

5 All the sons of Prince Cyndylan were killed in this tragic battle.
A well known epic poem describes it.
Cyndylans Halls are apparently underneath what is now Shrewsbury Town Hall.

6.The Khumric people were literate & the Angles and Saxons were not.
So writing on straps of gold indicates the Khumry and not the Anglesor Saxons.

7. The design motifs on the gold items are peculiar to the British = Khumry = 'Welsh'

8. One of our colleagues Mr Alan Hassell undertook a detail study of the Sutton Hoo treasure

found in 1939.
The gold in this treasure is also Very Clearly British and NOT Angle or Saxon.
Several dozen pieces of evidence prove this,
Christian motifs all over the items - Star of David etc.
Identical interwoven never ending ropes, etc.
The Khumric "Welsh" ARE the allegedly "lost" Ten Tribes so the Star is expected.

The fact that there is an inscription at Sutton Hoo and inscriptions at Staffordshire definitely

points to the BRITISH.

9. The complete indifference to the British population in Britain in these ancient times is

astonishing.
These are British items in both these finds and the English are unwkilling to see this.
They seek to blow and puff up and inflate Angles and Saxons and to diminsh the British.

Simple.

10. The book that we have been desperately trying to publish since 18 March contains Alan Hassell's analysis.
Again - repeat again- the publication has been sabotaged.

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Re: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found

Post Number:#8  Postby WorkJay » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:52 am

velly eenterestink!
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Re: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found

Post Number:#9  Postby geogeek » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:02 am

Wowwww! Awesome.
If you can't find your glasses or your keys when you pressed the edge of late, go look in the mirror and open your hands. BTW, do you have oil in and for your lamp?
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