Discovering the hoard

In July 2009, Terry Herbert, a metal detector enthusiast decided to try his luck in farmland close to his home in Hammerwich parish, near Lichfield in Staffordshire.

Terry Herbert

Terry Herbert

Mr Herbert reported the find to the Portable Antiquity Scheme’s Finds Liaison Officer for Staffordshire and the West Midlands, based at Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.

Because the find was so important, English Heritage and Staffordshire County Council funded an archaelogical excavation. This was carried out between 24 July and 21 August by Birmingham Archaeology.

Following the excavation Mr Herbert found a few more pieces, but a final search of the site 14-15 September, by a specialist police remote sensing team, found nothing else on site, which suggested the entire hoard had been recovered.