GOLD HOARD PICTURES: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found

GOLD HOARD PICTURES: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found
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"Rise up O Lord, and may thy enemies be dispersed and those who hate thee," reads the Latin inscription on this strip of gold--a fitting bit of Bible verse for a war-torn place and time, Britain in the Dark Ages (roughly A.D. 500 to 1000). The strip is part of a roughly 1,300-year-old Anglo-Saxon gold hoard announced on September 24, 2009.

(Related: "Ancient Britain Had Apartheid-Like Society, Study Suggests.")

The Anglo-Saxons were Germanic peoples who colonized England beginning in the 400s; founded the country on the island of Great Britain; and gave rise to the English language.
—Photograph by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
 
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