Anglo-Saxon gold and silver found in a field in the West Midlands has been declared treasure trove and part of the Staffordshire Hoard.
81 items, which date to the seventh century, will be handed to the
British Museum's valuation committee to assess their worth, South
Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh told an inquest in Stafford on
Friday. It will then be up to Staffordshire county council and
neighbouring councils to raise the money to buy the new items for the
nation. The original hoard, with 3,900 items, was bought for £3.3m after
being found in a field near Lichfield in 2009 by metal detectorist
Terry Herbert. He split the money with Fred Johnson, the farmer who
owned the land. Though a team from Archaeology Warwickshire discovered the second haul last year,
proceeds from the sale will once again go to Herbert and Johnson. The
most interesting finds included an eagle mount, whose use is not known,
and a cheek piece from a helmet.
Philip Atkins, leader of
Staffordshire council, said it and the owners of the original hoard,
Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham councils, would now have to look at
raising money to buy the new items.
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