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  • #15504

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Thanks to the efforts of Member Rick, we're hoping to arrange an interview with some of the people involved in the Staffordshire Hoard.  A big part of this is going to be listener questions.  So what would you like to know?  We're hoping to discuss the hoard with experts on the general importance of the find, on the craftsmanship of the objects within it, and what the Anglo Saxons might have been trying to convey with their symbolism.So what would you like to know?

  • #17593

    Chris
    Participant

    This is an interesting idea but where do you start to ask questions about this? I think I'd like to direct a couple of questions at the original hoard finder, Terry Herbert. I don't know if these are any good, just shooting some suggestions off the top of my head:1. What was running through your mind when came across the first find?2. How did you feel when you realised you have stumbled across one of the most important Anglo-Saxon discoveries of all time?3. What was the first item you found?4. What made you choose that specific farmland?5. Has finding the hoard changed the way you look for our buried past? 6. How have you been involved with the hoard since discovering it?There's also these:1. How many Anglo-Saxon treasures have been discovered across the British Isles?2. What is the significance of these treasures compared to others?3. Why are these types of hoards so rare?4. How long did the dig take? 5. How long are the restoration and research projects going to take? How much will it cost?6. Which historical and archaeological bodies have been involved? 7. Are you certain you have found everything?8. What is the conservation process for each item? How long does this take? What technology have you used to aid the restoration?9. What techniques do you use to clean and protect for future generations?10. What is the significance of this site? 11. Does it or any of the hoard items tell us anything about the people who were here 1500 years ago? 12. Have you learned anything new about the Anglo-Saxons as a result of the hoard? If so, do the history book need re-writing?13. How much of the hoard will be kept on display?I am sure there are better questions that can be asked, maybe other members could suggest something a little more challenging. You can also have a look at the official Staffordshire Hoard Website along with links to their associated Flickr galleries of the hoard items; there's some great photos here:1. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Flickr Stream2. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Flickr Stream3. The Staffordshire Hoard Handlist Flickr Stream4. Portable Antiquities Flickr Stream

  • #17594

    Liam
    Participant

    What previous assumptions of the  anglosaxon have been disproved by evidence found at the hoard? And what new ideas have bed put forward to counter there previous assumptions? (i'd be particuly interested on anything to do with crime policing trials and punishment). Really looking forward to this podcast!

  • #17595

    blaricci
    Participant

    I've seen the stunning photos of this hoard in a recent issue of National Geographic Magazine. A lot of the treasure consists of broken and/or twisted pieces of gold jewelry. Was this stolen loot that was hoarded? Were the pieces soon to be melted down? Were did the metals and precious stones originate?

  • #17596

    Trueimage1
    Participant

    I am interested to know what techniques were used to create the items

  • #17597

    Rick Smyth
    Participant

    Hoardcast Update.Hi all,Just to give you'll a update. Have heard back from the curators looking after the Hoard. They are all up to their eyeballs getting things ready for the big exhibition starting in July. That means we will not get access until end July. However, they are happy to work with us and allow us access to the experts to do a special Podcast on the Hoard.  This delay does have a silver lining.  The curators tell me that they have started research on the Hoard in ernest and are finding something new just about every day. Hopefully that means that we will be one of the first to get to hear about their findings and initial conclusions on those discoveries. How cool would that be?Thanks for all of the questions and keep them coming. Will keep you all in the loop but it is going to be late summer before we are ready to go live. All the bestRick.

  • #17598

    anonymous
    Participant

    Can you also ask how the hordes survived grave robbing, especially during periods of conquest. Why didn't the conquerors strip out the grave mounds etc?

  • #17599

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Just to let you all know, we're still working on putting this one together.  So if you have any additional questions, post them here.  Hopefully we will have some good news for you in the near future.

  • #17600

    zbigniew01
    Participant

    I saw the hoard in Washington DC at the National Geographic museum.  Quite impressive.  The craftsmanship was incredible, especially for the tools they had at the time.The exhibit was very well done.  Great video's and they had little tablet PC's that you could click on for more information.  Also displayed a rotatable/zoomable 3D image of the object being displayed.  The "mystery" object was fun to look at.  No one has any idea what it is or what it does, but the craftsmanship was awesome.  http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/the-mystery-objectI thought it was quite interesting that whoever took the hoard, just pillaged the gold.  They basically stripped the gold off and tossed the rest.I also love the two guys who found the hoard.  Two, very "salt of the earth" guys (farmer/owner and a guy who had a metal detector).-Patrick

  • #17601

    Vesta
    Participant

    For anyone who can't get enough of the Staffordshire Hoard, here's another link with a few (very few) pictures.  This is a British Museum booklet and the photographer was superb.  The garnets really sparkle.

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