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Drive to keep treasure hoard together welcomed

Bid to keep treasure hoard together welcomed.
Bid to keep treasure hoard together welcomed. Credit: PA

The archaeologist who helped uncover the original pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard has welcomed a campaign to bring new finds back to the West Midlands.

Staffordshire County Council’s Principal Archaeologist Stephen Dean worked in the field in Hammerwich when the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered was found in 2009.

Stephen also supervised the recovery of new artefacts from the same field in November 2012.

These were declared part of the Hoard at an inquest and have now been valued at £57,395.

Shakespeare's Treasures exhibited to public for first time

Portrait of Shakespeare, believed to be have painted from life
Portrait of Shakespeare, believed to be have painted from life Credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

A new exhibition has opened at Shakespeare's Birthplace.

It features unique and priceless treasures that are now on public display for the first time.

The exhibition, which is called: 'Shakespeare's Treasures', includes the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust copy of the Cobbe portrait. That is the only portrait of Shakespeare that is believed to be have been painted from life.

Map of Shakespeare's county in Warwickshire in 1576
Map of Shakespeare's county in Warwickshire in 1576 Credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Other rare items on display for the first time include a map of 'Shakespeare's county' in Warwickshire and the only surviving letter written to the man himself.

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The impact of the Staffordshire Hoard on the Midlands

Two councils who own the largest and most valuable collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered have promised to keep new items found, in the MIdlands.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council jointly own the Staffordshire Hoard, which was unearthed in a field near Lichfield in 2009.

Millions of pounds was raised so the 4,000 pieces of treasure could be put on permanent display in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent.

An inquest ruled yesterday that 81 new pieces found in same field is also treasure, its future is yet to be decided.

Dr David Symons from the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery gave an interview to ITV Central News.

Inquest will determine if finds in field are treasure

Ninety pieces of gold and silver have been recovered with many weighing less than a gram Credit: PA

An inquest will take place today to determine if more objects found on the Staffordshire Hoard field are treasure. They were found in a field at Hammerwich near Lichfield.

Ninety pieces of gold and silver have been recovered with many weighing less than a gram. They have been discovered in the same place where nearly four thousand pieces were found in 2009.

Inquest into possible treasure in Staffordshire Hoard

An inquest will take place on Friday to determine whether objects found on the Staffordshire Hoard field are treasure.

Archaeologists found the items when the field at Hammerwich, near Lichfield, was ploughed.

90 pieces of gold and silver have been recovered with many weighing less than a gram. It's the same place where nearly four thousand pieces were found in 2009.

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New 'treasure' found in Staffordshire field

It was hailed as one of the greatest ever archaeological discoveries and now it looks like the Staffordshire Hoard has grown even bigger.

Another ninety pieces of gold and silver has been found to add to the treasure trove.

They were discovered in the same field as the previous 3,900 artefacts which make up the Hoard. Keith Wilkinson reports.

Why 'treasure' find is as significant as Tutankhamun

The latest find which may belong to the Staffordshire Hoard has been likened to the discovery of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun by the leader of Staffordshire County Council.

The new 90 pieces are being examined and if it is part of the original Hoard discovered in 2009 by a metal detector then this will be declared treasure in January.

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