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Let’s get detectorist Mariusz Stepien down to look for the rest of the Staffordshire Hoard!!

By Nigel Swift . A metal detectorist was left “shaking with happiness” after discovering a hoard of Bronze Age artefacts in the Scottish Borders. But what struck me was this: “He found the first item at around 10am, 60 centimetres (24 in) below ground level. He immediately reported it to the Treasure Trove Unit and […]

The missing Staffordshire hoard, abandoned to crooks, not even given a blob.

Here’s a funny thing. A map by Historic England of scheduled and other sites targeted by nighthawks. But one of the most important is missing. So we’ve added it (in yellow). . Does the omission matter, one blob in so many? Actually, it does, for that’s the Staffordshire Hoard field and we’ve posted 22 articles […]

Was there a “pragmatic decision” to recover only PART of the Staffordshire Hoard?

by Nigel Swift In a recent chat with some prominent archaeologists, I was surprised to hear: “There is absolutely no foolproof method for extracting every single scrap of a disturbed hoard from the ploughsoil. Like any archaeological project, pragmatic decisions have to be made about whether the majority and/or a representative sample have been recovered.“ […]

Confirmed. The Staffordshire Hoard searches WERE inadequate

The Council for British Archaeology has just tweeted: “The new book on the Staffordshire Hoard is out today. To celebrate, we have opened up 4 articles from the British Archaeology archives“. So we looked. Four bits stood out: . . . . . As we’ve long said, military-grade detectors were not up to this task. […]

Staffordshire Hoard: less talk, more walk?

Next month the Society of Antiquities will hold a conference about the Staffordshire Hoard. For us, the most significant part will be the last session, which asks “where should Hoard studies go from here?” It’s no secret where we have long thought hoard studies should go next – up the A5 and turn left at […]

The Staffordshire Hoard: no, we won’t desist or be dismissed as ill-informed….

A story is going round that it’s only we who are concerned that not all of the Staffordshire hoard was recovered. It’s not and never has been. See the remarks of the proprietor of the local Brownhills Blog brownhillsbob@googlemail.com in 2012: “Hmm. You’ve just bagged one of the greatest historical finds in decades – possibly […]

Monitoring the Staffordshire Hoard field

If you or your organisation intend to carry out periodic inspections in response to our recent plea here, especially when it is ploughed, please keep us informed of your intentions and any evidence (with photographs ) at info@heritageaction.org.uk BTW, please don’t encroach onto the land (the site is easily visible without doing so).  Many thanks. […]

A plea for protection of the remaining Staffordshire Hoard by People Power!

By Nigel Swift Recently I revisited the Staffordshire Hoard field. I could see nothing untoward as it was still in crop and any digging would be concealed. Soon however it will be ploughed and that’s when any new nighthawking activities will be obvious (footsteps and holes). I now live a long way from there and […]

The “Firefly Stealth Device”: another nighthawking aid ideal for use on the Staffordshire Hoard field?

As we recently pointed out, for many years nighthawks have had at their disposal far deeper-seeking machines than were used by the original finder or during the two subsequent archaeologist-organised searches. The implications are clear. But we’ve heard not a word from officialdom (even though in 2012 they wrote asking us to keep them informed). […]

A simple question about the Staffordshire hoard