The Staffordshire Hoard visits America

Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages

Don’t miss the only US appearance of the Anglo-Saxon Hoard!

On July 5th 2009, Terry Herbert, a metal detector enthusiast, discovered the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. From farmland near Lichfield in Staffordshire, England, Terry and a team of archaeologists unearthed more than 3,500 pieces from hundreds of individual objects dating to about 650 A.D. Valued at close to $5 million, the hoard includes exquisitely crafted artifacts, most of which are military in nature.

More than 100 of these artifacts will be on exhibition at the National Geographic Museum including elaborate gold and garnet sword fittings, decorative elements for helmets, crosses, and a gold strip bearing a Latin inscription from the Bible.

Explore the history behind the gold hoard as you travel back in time thirteen hundred years to Mercia, one of the most powerful and aggressive kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxon era. Although it may never be known who buried the hoard or why, the gold treasures offer clues about warfare, the spread of Christianity, and Saxon craftsmanship.

Event Cost

NG Member: $18; General Public: $20

How to book your ticket

Exhibition included in Museum Admission; Adults - $8; Members/Military/Seniors (over 62)/Students/Groups (25+) - $6; Children (ages 5-12) - $4; School & youth groups (18 and under)

Visit the National Geographic Museum website to book tickets.