The discovery of the Staffordshire hoard in 2009 has brought the county into an unusual prominence in matters ‘Anglo-Saxon’. For historians the well-known Mercian hole is not that in which the hoard was discovered but the gap which features in most narratives of pre-Conquest England as a result of the paucity of written records for Mercia. Now, in the space of a few weeks the University plays host to two lectures which highlight results from examination of the Hoard. The first, this week, deals with the analysis of the gold content of the hoard objects. The second, a month later, is the annual Levitt lecture at which the archaeologist who excavated the hoard will speak, http://www.keele.ac.uk/history/seminarsandlectures/
The following talk will be given in LJ1.75, Lennard Jones Laboratory:
“Secrets of the Anglo-Saxon goldsmith: Scientific results from the analysis of the Staffordshire Hoard gold”
Dr Eleanor Blakelock, Birmingham Museum & British Museum
The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009 led to the development of a cross-disciplinary programme to conserve, research and disseminate the find. The Hoard consists of the largest assemblage of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver objects. As part of the wider research project studying the Staffordshire Hoard a ground breaking study of the gold was carried out. The work has revealed more details about workshop practice and from this it is possible to outline some of the decisions made by the goldsmiths in the Anglo-Saxon period to enhance the appearance of the objects.
Tea and coffee available in the Lennard Jones foyer from 6.30 p.m.
Admission free. The lecture is open to the public and is sponsored by the West Midlands Branch of the Institute of Physics.