22
November
17.00
Cost: Free

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Piecing together an early Anglo-Saxon treasure: the Staffordshire Hoard research project, 2012–2017

Ordinary Meeting of Fellows (Fellows and Guests Only)

Piecing together an early Anglo-Saxon treasure: the Staffordshire Hoard research project, 2012–2017

Lecture by Chris Fern FSA and Dr Tania Dickinson FSA

Since its discovery in 2009 by a metal detectorist, the exceptional nature of the early Anglo-Saxon treasure, known as The Staffordshire Hoard, has captivated the imagination of scholars and the public alike. Whilst its gold, silver and garnet contents plainly emanated from the highest levels of society in sixth- and seventh-century England, the singularity of their dismantled condition, combination (mostly items of warfare, but with some explicitly ecclesiastical objects) and apparent context is unparalleled. The Hoard thus presented a serious challenge to interpretation and yet, at the same time, great potential to enhance and change understanding of its period, the formative stage in the development of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and their consolidation through conversion to Christianity.

Now, after a five-year programme of research and conservation, funded by Historic England and the owners (Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council), the results (edited by Chris Fern, Tania Dickinson and Leslie Webster) are to be published by the Society of Antiquaries. This lecture, given by two of the editors, will provide a foretaste of the volume, expected to appear in 2019.

Chris Fern will outline the contents of the Hoard, situating the objects in the political and religious culture of the seventh century. Tania Dickinson will present understandings to date about how and why the Hoard came together and why it was deposited.