Friday, September 25, 2009

Picture Day Friday

This 7th Century Saxon gold strip carries the Latin inscription: "Rise up O Lord, and may thy enemies be dispersed and those who hate thee be driven from thy face" from Psalm 67, taken from the Vulgate, the Bible used by the Saxons.

In July, the UK's largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure was discovered buried beneath a field in South Staffordshire by Terry Herbert using a metal detector. Experts say the collection of nearly 1,500 gold and silver pieces containing warfare paraphernalia, including sword pommel caps and hilt plates inlaid with precious stones, is unparalleled in size and worth "a seven figure sum". The above gold strip is part of the haul.