Staffordshire Hoard

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    About a year ago it was pointed out that the Staffordshire Hoard was to be at the National Geographic Museum in DC for a while and we where asked if someone had a chance to go could they please share. Well, I had a chance. Unfortunately it has taken me a while to get this on the forum. Attached is my account and basic information on the hoard that I left with. 3 pictures I had to get off the internet because I didn't take a good picture or the book I purchased in the gift shop afterward, Lost Gold of the Dark Ages by Caroline Alexander, had pictures that I didn't want to copy and get yelled at for plagiarism. The rest of the pictures I took myself or my sister took while I made sure no one could see her doing so, there was, umm, a 'no pictures' sign and a couple guards around :)In addition to what I wrote about, there where videos of reenactments on how the pieces where made. For the garnet pieces it is thought that there were crafts men who spent hours to shape just a few pieces of garnet to the right size using a file. There was also theories on how and why the hoard was left behind and most of them involved the Vikings vs Anglo-Saxons. Where they spoils of a battle that had to be quickly left behind to evade the enemy? Where they the unwanted pieces of a treasure collection that where scattered in an area? Was it a demonstration to the defeated enemy of how such finery do not make a warrior or that their finery is useless to us?My theory is that the spoils of a battle was collected and before the collector or collectors where able to get anywhere with their treasure they had to drop what they had because of an approaching new enemy. They could of been defeated thus leaving their finds behind. I am thinking that the ground was wet periodically over time giving the pieces a chance to sink into the ground.My other and probably more likely theory is that someone buried their spoils of war to return to it later and couldn't find it. Since the land was used for farming, the ground would of been tilled thus breaking, displacing, and spreading the buried treasure over an area. A piece or two may of been picked up through time as they surface and since farming is not the most lucrative income the pieces may of been sold and not much thought given as to where they came from, leaving the bulk of the lost treasure to be found in modern times.Any theories of your own?

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