GOLD HOARD PICTURES: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found

GOLD HOARD PICTURES: Largest Anglo-Saxon Treasure Found
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These gold sword fittings from the newfound Anglo-Saxon hoard represent just a tiny fraction of the hundreds of artifacts found in England and announced on September 24, 2009.

The exact location of the farm where the hoard was found is being kept secret for fear of looters. But experts did say the site once lay at the heart of the old Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, which existed from the sixth to the tenth century, when it became part of the fledgling Kingdom of England.

The total weight of gold recovered amounts to 11 pounds (5 kilograms)--considerably more than the 3.8 pounds (1.7 kilograms) found at the rich Anglo-Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo in 1939.
—Photograph by David Rowan, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
 
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