Brooch, Vendel Copper alloy with gilding; cm) This brooch is from the Vendel period in Swedish history, which precedes the Viking age. Abstractly designed small brooches like these were fashionable until Viking oval brooches replaced them.
The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found. It was unearthed in a field near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England, on 5 July The hoard consists of over items.
This beautifully intricate metalwork is part of an Anglo-Saxon helmet. In archaeologists unveiled the largest and most valuable hoard of Saxon gold in history – pieces of treasure unearthed from a farmer’s field by a man with a metal detector.