MOST of a collection of items recently found close to where the famous Staffordshire Hoard was discovered have been declared treasure trove.
The most interesting included an eagle mount and a helmet cheek piece. Dr Leahy said the finds had “roused the public’s interest” in a period which had until recently been “the Dark Ages”.
He added: “This is a period which runs for twice that of the Romans, and which shows Anglo-Saxons were highly cultured.”
Some gold from the Staffordshire Hoard could be traced to Istanbul in Turkey, the gems to India and Eastern Europe, showing Anglo-Saxons to be accomplished traders.