1500 pieces of Anglo-Saxon treasure discovered by man in Staffordshire

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Read about it here and see some of the images here. Apparently this discovery was made in July by an amateur metal detector who lived on disability pension, but the news was just released today, and this is really an incredible find, three times more than a famous discovery called the Sutton Hoo ship burial from 1939.

The belt on the right is a Latin inscription from Psalm 67, so let's consult the Vulgate to see what it says:

Exsurgat Deus et dissipentur inimici eius et fugiant qui oderunt eum a facie eius.

English: Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: and let them that hate him flee from before his face.

Apparently the Latin is misspelled in places.

I like how the article puts it: "not just the quantity, but the dazzling quality of the pieces have left them groping for superlatives." Me too.


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