The Staffordshire Hoard: an Anglo-Saxon Treasure

Barbican Research Associates, 2017

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Part of hilt-collar catalogue no. 109. © Barbican Research Associates Ltd.

Part of hilt-collar catalogue no. 109. Photo – Aleksandra Osinska, X-radiograph – Lincolnshire Archives, drawing – Chris Fern. © Barbican Research Associates Ltd.

The research project has had three stages of work. The first was an Assessment Stage in 2011 to scope the full project. Stage 1 of the Analysis project was initially designed to run from March 2012 to November 2013. The recovery of additional material from the November 2012 survey resulted in Stage 1 being extended to May 2014. Following a revised project design reflecting the outcomes of the Stage 1 analysis, the Stage 2 Analysis was commissioned to run from January 2015 to June 2017.

The project design planned for the detailed specialist reports to be freely available via the Archaeology Data Service in a series called Staffordshire Hoard Research Reports. The book will draw on these reports to present the results in an accessible way to specialists and non-specialists alike. The present collection consists of one initially written for the Assessment Stage (SSRR 1 – Aerial Photography), 16 from Analysis Stage 1 (SHRR 2-17) and seven from Analysis Stage 2 (SHRR 18-24). As all the reports were written prior to the completion of the catalogue, they make use of the initial numbering of the fragments of the Hoard (numbers with the prefix K). Information is provided at the beginning of each report which explains the stage of the project during which the work was completed, provides a concordance between the K numbers and the final catalogue number and name, and the details of any journal publication which has already been published based on the work.

The reports from Stages 1 and 2 that make up this initial collection are predominantly concerned with the scientific analysis of the materials within the Hoard, but SHRR 24 provides details of such evidence of contemporary activity within a 10 km radius of the Hoard site that it has been possible to establish.

The research project has published regular Newsletters that have tracked the progress of the work. These frequently discuss particular objects, aspects of conservation, and themes that were emerging from the research. The first ten of these (June 2012 to June 2016) are also available here.