I think this interview posed a lot of questions. Stephen Dean seems like a very interesting guy but I’m thinking he is on his own on a few of his ideas. The dating with the ‘gold-famine’ though seems like sound logic. I also like his comparisons to the Sutton Hoo site. From what he says the Hoard seems more like a ritual deposit of items than a more purposeful reason such as a high-brow burial. I remember reading about coin hoards in Roman Italy being seen as people hiding valuables during such events as the slave rebellions. Maybe the Hoard was more buried treasure than anything?Always good to listen to these podcasts.