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Has everyone seen this amazing Anglo-Saxon find from Staffordshire?… - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
fernwithy
Has everyone seen this amazing Anglo-Saxon find from Staffordshire? The garnet work... spectacular! And I love the weird, twisty animals. Those would make some good magical creatures, neh?
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alkari From: alkari Date: September 25th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it's absolutely amazing, isn't it. The skill and technique they had, in order to make such delicately embellished work, it just incredible. Makes you wonder what sort of tools they had, and just 'how' they worked some of the items. I wonder what else they will find, or what other treasures we haven't yet been shown from this hoard?

Many years ago, I remember a jeweller friend remarking that many of the techniques used by goldsmiths in generations past - even just a couple of centuries ago - had been largely lost to the modern trade.
prelud From: prelud Date: September 25th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
It was quotation of the day in the daily New York Times email with headlines that I get into my inbox.

QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"People laugh at metal detectorists."
TERRY HERBERT, an Englishman who found an Anglo-Saxon treasure in a farm field.

:D
gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: September 25th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if they will straighten out the crosses. I understand that there is value in leaving the artifacts as they were found, but it would be interesting to see the artwork.
alkari From: alkari Date: September 25th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty doubtful they will try - there is always a danger that you damage the article further, and even though it's gold, the metal could be quite brittle.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: September 25th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely. Thanks for the link! I had lots of fun looking at the entire website.
From: bookworm_91 Date: September 28th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was so interesting to read about in the paper. It seems so topical -- I had a phase a month or so ago where I was desperate to learn old english to read Beowulf -- "Hweat Gar dana, he geardagum ..." it sounds so amazing, I can't wait to hear more about Anglo-saxons
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