Many people enjoy searching with a metal detector in hopes of finding treasures that have either a financial value or some historical significance. While most people may be lucky to find a few odds and ends, once in a great while someone finds something truly extraordinary. That is what happened to Terry Herbert on July 5, 2009 and it is where the story of the Staffordshire Hoard begins.
One of the exquisite gold pieces of the Staffordhsire Hoard. (Birmingham Museums)
Discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard
Herbert was using a metal detector to search farmland in the village of Hammerwich, in Staffordshire, England, that had recently been plowed, when his metal detector signaled that he had found a metal object. He would soon discover that he, literally and figuratively, had struck gold. Herbert’s find is the largest known hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and metal, containing over 3,500 pieces.