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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

The Staffordshire Hoard

3 November 2009 – 17 April 2010
Free

Exhibition closed

Room 37

The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.

The first pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard were found in early July 2009 by Mr Terry Herbert while he was metal detecting in a field in southern Staffordshire.

An archaeological excavation followed, funded by English Heritage and Staffordshire County Council and carried out by Birmingham Archaeology. Over 1,500 complete artefacts and fragments were discovered.

Finds included sword fittings, part of a helmet and three gold Christian crosses. Most of the complete objects are made of gold. Some are decorated with pieces of garnet, a deep red semi-precious stone, others with fine filigree work or patterns made up of animals with interlaced bodies.

Current thinking dates the hoard to the later 600s or earlier 700s AD. However, there are still many questions yet to be answered about this astonishing find.

Forty objects and fragments from the hoard are now on display in the Museum.

A selection of finds from the Staffordshire Hoard

A selection of objects from the Staffordshire Hoard
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