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Proof that the Staffordshire hoard can be EASILY stolen

We’ve been saying it for far more than a decade: some of the Staffordshire Hoard is almost certainly still in the ground and can be found by a top-end detector that finds stuff at deeper levels. This weekend it has been shown how easy it would be: “Hi I’m Looking for a company that hires […]

Staffordshire Hoard: damn right!

Two of England’s most important early medieval archaeological discoveries have been reunited for a new exhibition, Swords of Kingdoms: The Staffordshire Hoard at Sutton Hoo. “Every object tells a story,” says Laura Howarth, Sutton Hoo’s Archaeology and Engagement Manager. “Whilst you can immerse yourself marvelling at the stories and skills behind each of the objects […]

For want of a ha’porth of tar, the rest of the Staffordshire Hoard must stay buried, it seems.

See here “The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery have teamed up with students of Pinc College, a specialist college for creative education, for an innovative education project about the Staffordshire Hoard. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery were previously awarded a £60,000 Arts Council England (ACE) National Lottery Grant for the ‘Staffordshire Hoard Reimagined’ proposal.” […]

For just a few quid YOU too could search for the Staffordshire hoard, far deeper than the archaeos did!

by Nigel Swift I was shocked recently to find a number of companies will hire high performing metal detectors for relative peanuts. Whether and how much the Minelab GPX 5000 could be hired in UK is uncertain but £45 a day is normal in Oz. GPXs can go down to 18.5 to 24 inches, far […]

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 in 2012: “Hmm. You’ve just bagged one of the greatest historical finds in decades – possibly […]