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'Far too early' to identify Staffordshire artefacts

A press conference has been held in Stoke-on-Trent on the fresh discoveries found in the Staffordshire Hoard field.

Stoke-on-Trent council leader Philip Atkins said:

Mr Atkins said: "The ploughing of the same field has unearthed a small number of other gold and silver finds.

"While it is far too early to say exactly what they are, or how old they are, they are certainly interesting finds."

– Philip Atkins, Stoke-on-Trent Council Leader

Gold and silver found in treasure hoard field

The Staffordshire Hoard unearthed three years ago Credit: PA

Around 90 new pieces of gold and silver have been found in the field where the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure was found three years ago.

The discoveries were made at Hammerwich, near Lichfield, and include what is thought to be a part of a helmet and an eagle-shaped object, according to Staffordshire County Council.

Stoke-on-Trent council leader Philip Atkins confirmed that many of pieces weighed less than a gram.

South Staffordshire Coroner Andrew Haigh is expected to rule whether the haul of 90 items should be declared treasure at an inquest on January 4.

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Staffordshire Hoard closed to refresh artefacts

Staffordshire Hoard
Staffordshire Hoard Credit: PA Pictures

The largest ever Staffordshire Hoard gallery will close for 24 hours today to allow fresh artefacts to be displayed and some of the current artefacts to be further analysed.

The exhibition at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery includes 226 artefacts from the seventh century.

"One of the fascinating aspects of this wonderful treasure is that researchers and conservationists are analysing the artefacts at the same time as items are on public display."

“We will have some different artefacts in the display from Thursday, which will be a great opportunity for people to come along and see the new displays for themselves.”

Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development.

Artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard
Artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard Credit: PA Pictures

The exhibition ‘Staffordshire Hoard: Dark Age Discovery’ is on display at the museum until 1 September 2013.

The 3,300-piece hoard is jointly owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council.

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