The Staffordshire Hoard, 2009–2019: piecing together an Anglo-Saxon treasure

Monday 4 February 2019, 1.00PM to 14:00

Speaker(s): Dr Tania Dickinson

The Staffordshire Hoard is an extraordinary assemblage of early Anglo-Saxon treasure, which was discovered in 2009 by metal-detection in the West Midlands. Whilst its gold, silver and garnet contents plainly emanated from the highest levels of sixth- and seventh-century society in England, the singularity of its artefact combination (mostly items of warfare, but with some explicitly ecclesiastical objects), dismantled condition and apparent context is unparalleled. The Hoard has thus presented a serious challenge to interpretation; yet at the same time it has led to major revisions in archaeological and historical understanding of the period. The lecture will give a foretaste of the publication, to appear in 2019, that has arisen from a five-year research programme funded by Historic England and the owners (Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council). It will outline the contents of the Hoard and their cultural contexts, before addressing the least conclusive aspects – how the Hoard came together and why it was deposited.

Location: The Philip Rahtz theatre - K/133