An unemployed man using a metal detector in rural England uncovered the largest Anglo-Saxon gold hoard ever unearthed – a seven-figure finding that brought the experts to tears.
When Englishman, Terry Herbert, bought his metal detector at a flea market
for six dollars, little did he know that it would help him uncover one of the
world’s most valuable hidden treasures.
Herbert unearthed 500 items on his friend’s farm back in July before he
called in experts, who then found a further 800 articles in the soil.
“Imagine you’re at home and somebody keeps putting money through your
letterbox, that was what it was like,” Herbert said. “I was going to bed and in
my sleep I was seeing gold items.”
The unprecedented golden
hoard includes 11 pounds of gold and 5.5 pounds of silver Anglo Saxon
artifacts dating back to the 7th century. The pieces are almost all war gear
most likely owned by a king or nobleman.
It’s an “incredible collection of material – absolutely unprecedented,” said
Kevin Leahy, an archaeologist with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a voluntary
group that records finds made by members of the public. “We’ve moved into new
ground with this material.”
Because the find is so large and important, experts haven’t been able to say
yet how much it is worth – but the figure will most certainly be in the
millions. Herbert will split the earnings with the farm owner.