A new, extended edition that tells the story of The Staffordshire hoard - an important collection of Anglo-Saxon artefacts.
On 5 July 2009 a metal-detectorist started to unearth gold objects in a Staffordshire field, only to discover the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found.
Consisting of over 1600 items – including fittings from the hilts of swords, fragments from helmets, Christian crosses and magnificent pieces of garnet work – the Staffordshire Hoard has begun to rewrite history.
This new and extended edition delves deeper into the story behind the hoard using the latest research to fill previous gaps in knowledge.
Complete with new photography of the cleaned and conserved objects, showing off the stunning and intricate decoration, this book provides a fascinating account of the history and the discovery of this remarkable hoard.
£1 from the sale of every book will go to the Staffordshire Hoard appeal fund.
Kevin Leahy is National Finds Adviser for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, with responsibility for early medieval metalwork.
Roger Bland is Keeper of Prehistory and Europe at the British Museum and Head of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.