GOLD HOARD PICTURES: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found

GOLD HOARD PICTURES: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found
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Inlaid with garnets, this ornamental stud once decorated the sword sheath of a high-ranking warrior, or possibly a king, in Dark Ages Britain, experts announced on September 24, 2009.

The stud is part of the largest known Anglo-Saxon gold hoard, mainly ancient war gear, especially sword fittings.

Most of the precious metal items are believed to date to around A.D. 700, when England was divided into rival, almost constantly warring kingdoms, experts said.
—Photograph by Daniel Buxton, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
 
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