GOLD HOARD PICTURES: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found

GOLD HOARD PICTURES: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found
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Paved with garnets, this gold sword-handle fitting was among many combat-related treasures--possibly spoils of war--in the largest known Anglo-Saxon gold hoard, announced September 24, 2009.

"There was absolutely nothing feminine" among the buried hoard, found in rural England, Kevin Leahy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme said in a statement.

"It looks like a collection of trophies," Leahy said. "But it is impossible to say if the hoard was the spoils from a single battle or a long and highly successful military career."

It remains a mystery who buried the treasure--and why and when--experts say.
—Photograph by David Rowan, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
 
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