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Papers from the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium

The gold cross from the hoardA Symposium was held at the British Museum in March 2010. Twenty seven papers were delivered and there was much useful discussion. Summaries of many of the papers, together with some of the discussion and subsequent thoughts, will be added to this page over the next few months. In some cases, the embedded images have been processed to allow for a zooming image interface.

Records for the objects in the Hoard are being added slowly, in a skeleton format, which will be enhanced as more data becomes available following research, conservation and time being available to update them. These can all be accessed via our database record for the hoard. The current iteration of the Hoard's website, went live after an extensive development period and now has video content and lots of visiting information. The old site will still be available via this site and we will shortly be pulling in Flickr images for the Hoard to these pages.

The papers have been edited by Helen Geake, Finds Adviser (early-medieval objects) to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The pages have been built by Dan Pett, ICT Adviser to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Thanks to all contributors for generously allowing us to publish their early thoughts on the Hoard.

The Hoard papers

  • Guy Halsall ~ Warfare, aggression and the use of trophies
  • George and Isabel Henderson ~ The implications of the Staffordshire Hoard for the understanding of the origins and development of the Insular art style as it appears in manuscripts and sculpture
  • David Parsons ~ The name 'Hammerwich'
  • Svante Fischer and Jean Soulat ~ The Typochronology of Sword Pommels from the Staffordshire Hoard
  • Simon Cane ~ The Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Plan
  • Simon Keynes ~ The Staffordshire Hoard and Mercian Power
  • Nicholas Brooks ~ The Staffordshire Hoard and the Mercian Royal Court
  • Karen Høilund Nielsen ~ Style II and all that: the potential of the hoard for statistical study of chronology and geographical distributions
  • Della Hooke ~ The Landscape of the Staffordshire Hoard
  • Elisabeth Okasha ~ The Staffordshire Hoard inscription
  • Kevin Leahy ~ The Contents of the Hoard
  • Alex Jones ~ The Staffordshire Hoard Fieldwork, 2009-2010
  • David Ganz ~ The Text of the Inscription
  • Mattias Jacobsson ~ Some Place-Names in the Immediate Area of the Staffordshire Hoard
  • Benjamin Gearey ~ The Potential of Environmental Archaeology and Geoarchaeology at the site of the Staffordshire Hoard
  • Charlotte Behr ~ The Symbolic Nature of Gold in Magical and Religious Contexts
  • Michelle P. Brown ~ The Manuscript Context for the Inscription

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