Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Incredible Early Medieval hoard discovered on a farm in Staffordshire

Staffordshire hoard folded cross

Vespasian Psalter

(Above are some examples of Anglo Saxon script circa 7th to 8th century)

"The inscription, misspelled in places, is probably from the Book of Numbers and reads: "Surge domine et dissipentur inimici tui et fugiant qui oderunt te a facie tua," or "Rise up, o Lord, and may thy enemies be dispersed."
(from 9/24/09)

This is really big! Experts are completely bowled over at the superb quality of the metal work in the 1500 objects recovered. Possibly a royal stash buried for safekeeping with the owner or owners planning to return later....

Official Website of the Stafffordshire treasure includes flickr images

"There once many a man
Mood-glad, gold bright, of gleams garnished,
Flushed with wine-pride, flashing war-gear,
Gazed on wrought gemstones, on gold, on silver,
On wealth held and hoarded, on light-filled amber"

from an Anglo Saxon poem quoted by Kenneth Clark in Civilisation Episode 1 The Skin of Our Teeth