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Terry Herbert from Burntwood, Staffordshire, with some of the pieces which made up an Anglo-Saxon hoard. Photo: PA
By Andrew Hough
UK - More than 80 Anglo-Saxon gold and silver items found buried in a field near Lichfield were ruled to be part of a collection dubbed the Staffordshire Hoard.
After they were yesterday declared a treasure trove, experts from British Museum's valuation committee were instructed to assess their worth.
Staffordshire County Council and neighboring councils will also attempt to raise the money to buy the new items, which date to the 7th century, for the nation.
The haul will likely to end up in museums with the original Staffordshire Hoard, which was found in a field in 2009 by metal detectorist Terry Herbert, 57.
Mr Herbert, and landowner and local farmer Fred Johnson, 68, will now equally divide any proceeds from the sale of the new find after striking a deal over the original £3.3m hoard, the inquest in Stafford was told.
Their find was sold to museums after becoming an international sensation and leaving the men rich but the new haul is only expected to cost a fraction of the main hoard’s value.
Despite being discovered by a team from Archaeology Warwickshire in November last year, the pair will benefit from the haul because they were behind the original discovery, said Andrew Haigh, the South Staffordshire Coroner.
"The Staffordshire Hoard was a magnificent find and I very much hope these items can be saved for the nation and added to [it],” the coroner ruled.
The original hoard, which contained some 3,900 items, is now considered a popular tourist attraction after going on display in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham.
Some of the gold in the pieces from the original Staffordshire Hoard could be traced to Istanbul in modern-day Turkey, and the gems to India and Eastern Europe, showing the Anglo-Saxons to be accomplished traders.
The duo fell out over their cash windfall, with Mr. Herbert claiming Mr. Johnson wanted it all for himself.
Both men have spoken of their regret at making the find and their relationship has never recovered. They have not commented on the new find.
Courtesy The Telegraph
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