...to see the Staffordshire HoardI had to travel down to Brum for a meeting on Tuesday, and as the meeting finished early and I'd got an hour and a half left on the car park I popped into the Museum where they'd got part of the Staffordshire Hoard on display.
What amazing workmanship - ribbons of gold, made from the finest strands of filligree gold, sword hilts and pommels, parts of helmets, buckles and clasps. Many items embellished with garnets, or cloisonne type decoration.And all from weapons of war, and over 1300 years old!
Apparently the total weight of gold recovered was.......
wait for it.........
over 3.2 KILOS!!!!!
They reckon the hoard was probably the spoils of battle, as consisted of the decorations removed from weapons, and crumpled items, including ruby-studded crosses which had been deliberately folded up. But just imagine even going into battle with weapons of such value, and so highly decorated.
Nobody yet knows who the original owner(s) might have been, or how or why it came to be buried in a Staffordhshire field, but I sure as heck wish I'd been the one to find it!