Helen Geake to Speak at the University of Sussex

Helen Geake, Early Medieval Finds Adviser to the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Cambridge University, will be giving a lecture on the Staffordshire Hoard, a 7kg trove of Early Medieval gold and silver. This talk  is a part of the Holleyman Archaeology lecture Series and is supported by the University of Sussex Centre for Community Engagement and the Sussex Archaeology Society.

The Staffordshire Hoard appears to be the first early Anglo-Saxon hoard ever discovered. It was found in July 2009 and contains over 3,500 fragments, weighing in total about 7kg. Most of the items are made from gold, and seem to be parts of weapons, but there are also several items which appear to be Christian in character, as well as many mystery objects; all seem to date from the 7th century AD. the lecture will draw on the research and conservation now under way at Birmingham Museum, and look at the hoard’s contents, its art and craftsmanship, and explore some of the possible reasons why it was buried.

The talk is Wednesday, 14 March, 2012 and begins at 6:30pm with a reception afterwards. Entrance is by ticket only, which costs £7 and is only available in advance from the University. Contact the CCE and cite the  Event Code: X90197.

By phone: 01273 678300

By E-mail: cce@sussex.ac.uk

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