amateur treasure hunter finds the largest hoard of anglo-saxon treasure
The treasures discovered by the Saxons, a giant seventh
British archaeologists said Thursday that gold, silver and sword decorations, crosses and other items that were hoarded in the century.
An expert said 55-year-
Old Terry Herbert will completely change his understanding of Britain.
The Saxons, a Germanic nation, ruled Britain from the 5th century until the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Another said the discovery would be listed as one of the best in the UK.
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Roger Brand, who manages cache mining, told The Associated Press: \"This is just a completely unexpected discovery . \".
\"This will allow us to rethink the dark age. ”The Anglo-
The Saxons are a group of Germanic tribes that have been invaded by the sea since the collapse of the 5th century Roman Empire.
Initially, they came from coastal areas now in northwestern Germany.
Their artisans make eye-catching items with gold and enamel and create poems including beowov, an anonymous epic about a monster and Dragon
Kevin Leahy, an archaeologist who catalogued the discovery, said that the Tibetan objects appeared to be war loot, including dozens of saddle horse hats --
Decorative elements attached to the knob of the sword handle.
He pointed out that the Warriors mentioned the enemy\'s weapons as a souvenir in the \"beowu.
But many other British people
Saxon literature and works of art were lost in war, robbery, unrest and passage of time, leaving little evidence to scholars of this period.
The treasure was unearthed in maisia, once one of Britain\'s five major currencies, Brand said.
The Saxon kingdom, considered 675-725 AD.
The reserve includes at least 650 pieces of gold and 530 pieces of silver weighing more than 2 kilograms. 2 pounds (1 kilo)
There are also copper alloys, wreaths and glass.
Experts inspected a total of 1,345 items and found that X-was contained in 56 pieces of soil-
This means that the total may rise to 1,500.
Most of these items are decorations of weapons and other military artifacts, and some are inlaid with gems.
\"I think this wealth must belong to the king, but we can\'t say it with absolute certainty,\" Brand said . \".
Former British curator Leslie Webster
Saxon archaeologists at the British Museum say the amount of gold found
About 11 pounds (5 kilograms)-
This shows that Britain in the early Middle Ages was much richer than previously thought.
She also said that the crosses and other religious artifacts mixed with major military items could provide new clues to the relationship between Christianity and the Anglo-American WarSaxons.
Herbert, the town of Burnwood from the West of England, found gold on a friend\'s farm in July 5, and spent the next five days searching for the rest of the treasure in the fields, the first items were restored before professional archaeologists took over the excavation.
\"Imagine,\" Herbert said, \"you\'re at home, and someone keeps putting money in your mailbox, like this . \".
\"I\'m going to sleep. In my sleep, I saw the gold items.
The coroner officially announced the treasure, meaning it will now be valued by an expert committee and sold to the museum.
The proceeds will be divided into 50-
Between Herbert and his peasant friends, his identity has not yet been determined.
To stop the robbers, the exact location of this discovery is kept confidential.
Blander said he could not give an accurate number on the value of the treasure, but he said that treasure seekers might queue up for the \"seven-figure sum.
Herbert said the experience was \"more interesting than winning the lottery,\" adding that an expert compared his findings to the discovery of Tutankhamen\'s grave.
\"I was red when he said that.
The hair at the back of my neck stood up, \"Herbert said.
The treasures are stored at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Some projects will be on display on Friday.
One of the most interesting items in Hoard is a small piece of gold, inscribed with the militant Latin quotation in the Old Testament, meaning: \"Lord, get up, may your enemies be scattered, those who hate you are driven away from your face.
\"The belt may be tied to a shield or sword belt.
Archaeologists are still confused about the function of many pieces, says Brand.
\"There are many mysterious things in it,\" he said . \"