The Staffordshire Hoard
A stunning collection of warrior bling found in the heart of the Midlands.
Anglo Saxon brooch
Intricate, delicate work using gold and gemstones.
Introduction to the Staffordshire Hoard programme
The Staffordshire Hoard shines a dazzling light into the shadowy world of the 'Dark Age' Midlands.Introduction to the programme
Staffordshire Hoard: How the treasure was discovered
Over 1,500 new clues into the Dark Age past, pommels from the top of swords, pieces of warrior helmet, strange serpents and mangled crosses.How the treasure was discovered
Presenter Dan Snow
TV historian Dan Snow travels across the old Kingdom of Mercia unravelling the secrets of one of Britian's most significant discoveries - the Staffordshire Hoard.
The Staffordshire Hoard
The Staffordshire Hoard shone a dazzling light into the shadowy world of the Dark Age Midlands.
One thousand six hundred years ago the Romans abandoned Britain. A new, mysterious era in British History began - the 'Dark Ages'.
'Dark Age' Midlanders left precious little evidence that they had ever been here at all, until very recently.
New light was shone on the period following an unremarkable request from a man with a metal detector to explore a field in Staffordshire.
Metal detectorist Terry not only struck gold, he made the find of a lifetime.
When the experts arrived the true extent of the hoard started to become clear. This was a find unlike anything they’d seen before.
Suddenly there were over 1,500 new clues into the Midlands' Dark Age past – pommels from tops of swords, pieces of warrior helmet, strange serpents and mangled crosses.
The hoard was huge, and packed with beautifully crafted artefacts from one of the darkest periods of the Dark Ages. But what did it actually tell us?
Could one lucky find really revolutionize our thinking of Anglo-Saxon England?
And is it so significant that the history of the Dark Age Midlands will now have to be completely re-written?
TREASURES OF THE HOARD
One of the treasures of the Staffordshire Hoard - part of a helmet.
Photo c/o Shaun Curry, AFP and Getty Images.
Staffordshire Hoard 'to help rewrite history'
A haul of Anglo-Saxon gold discovered beneath a Staffordshire farmer's field could help rewrite history, experts say.BBC Staffordshire: Staffordshire Hoard 'to help rewrite history'
Historians believe the Staffordshire Hoard could hold vital clues to explain the conversion of Mercia - England's last great Pagan kingdom - to Christianity in the 7th Century.
- Dan Snow
- Dominic Carveley
- Executive Producer
- Matthew Gull