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I have just been up to Staffordshire to see the hoard with my own eyes – wow!  If you are visiting Britain this year make sure you allow time to visit the museum.
The largest hoard of Anglo Saxon gold ever found, was discovered last summer by a metal-detectorist in a field in Staffordshire and is set to revolutionise our perceptions of life in the 7th and 8th centuries. With more than 650 items made from gold, and more than 500 in silver this is truly a king’s ransom!
Intricately carved with elaborate Anglo-Saxon art styles, some with fine garnet cloisonné, the hoard is not only dazzling but highly intriguing.  Most of the objects appear to have been deliberately broken prior to burial and, still more surprisingly, there were no brooches or pendants, no feminine dress fittings; moreover, there were none of the traingular three-rivet gold buckles or any belt fittings so often found in male graves of this period. These intricately decorated and bejewelled finds, martial and masculine in nature, appear to the trophy winnings of a mighty warrior or warriors: hilts from swords or fragments from helmets. Of the 84 sword pommels found, 68 are gold, 11 silver and five are copper alloy or base silver.

Most fragments come from the hilts of swords, pieces of helmets and at least two Christian crosses; five highly unusual and enigmatic small gold snakes were also found, unlike any finds so far discovered.
I would like to hear your comments on the use of metal detectors in Britian?

David – Stonehenge Tour Guide
Histouries UK – Bringing History Alive

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This drive me mad…………..

I have been taking small groups to thie event for years – its a very British affair.  Mad dogs and English men!
You tube ‘cheese rolling’ and watch the vids – hilarious!

FOR more than 200 years it has been the most British of events, with revellers hurtling down a steep hill chasing a large cheese.  But now even bigger cheeses have stopped the race on grounds of – what else – health and safety.

Each year spectators from around the world watch competitors pursue 7lb double Gloucester cheeses down the near-vertical Cooper’s Hill at Brockworth, Gloucestershire.  The event attracted 15,000 people last May, including tourists from as far as Australia. Now councillors and the police say it is a victim of its own success. Richard Jefferies, one of the organisers, said yesterday: “We have had to cancel on the advice of the police and local authorities.

 “As well as concerns about the safety of the crowd and competitors, local landowners were also worried by the damage done by people climbing over fences and that sort of thing.” Robin Hammond, of the Really Exciting Adventure Club, said cancelling the May 31 event was another case of health and safety rules destroying traditions.

Police blame organisers for failing to work with them. Inspector Steve Chester of Gloucestershire Police said: “Sadly, they have failed to co-operate with us.” He said the organisers had an obligation to ensure safety and manage traffic. Tewkesbury councillor Mike Collins said roads were blocked for miles last year and drivers were fined for parking on verges.
Diana Smart, 83, who makes the cheeses on her farm at Birdwood in the Forest of Dean, said she was “shattered” by the cancellation.

Nicholas – Stonehenge Tour Guide
HISTOURIES UK – the Best Tours in History

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