The Staffordshire Gold Hoard (and Giveaway Results)

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The giveaway for The Realms Thereunder has closed, and I’m excited to announce that Jennifer Whitney has won the book!

Thanks to all of you who participated. As usual, I have more giveaways planned for the future, so check back in later for upcoming book offers.

Since The Realms Thereunder made use of Anglo-Saxon mythology, this seemed an excellent time to share a unique Saxon discovery known as the Staffordshire Hoard. In 2009, a man exploring with a metal detector made the most exciting find of his life–an extraordinary hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and jewels buried in an English field. Though many pieces were broken, the precious metals were still worth 5.3 million, and they have proved a source of fascination to archeologists and others intrigued by the unusual.

No one has been able to determine exactly how the gold came to be buried and lost for so many years. Given the size of the hoard and the fact that many pieces are bent and torn, some (only half-serious, if that) have suggested it was a dragon’s hoard. This theory of a dragon-accumulated treasure certainly fits well with The Realms Thereunder and provides some additional fodder for the imagination.

Regardless of the treasure’s source, it seems a discovery ripe for speculation. Who accumulated such a treasure? Why did they bury it? Why did they fail to return and reclaim it? If you’re interested in learning more, this short video clip gives an interesting overview:


  • Mary Ruth Pursselley
    March 6, 2012 - 8:14 am · Reply

    That is incredible! I’ve always thought it would be so much fun to be an archaeologist, and of course finding ‘buried treasure’ is every archaeologist’s dream. Plus, as a writer and lover of Anglo-European lore and mythology, it’s incredibly intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah Sawyer
      March 7, 2012 - 3:24 pm · Reply

      Quite right about buried treasure being the dream of every archeologist…and I daresay the dream of imaginative people like writers as well. 🙂

      Such discoveries always intrigue me, especially when there are unresolved mysteries around them. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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