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Since the Staffordshire Hoard research project commenced in 2012, the entire collection of over 4000 fragments has been cleaned and studied by conservators, archaeologists and scientists.

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The Staffordshire Hoard conservation and research project took place between 2012-2018. During the project, nearly 4,600 objects and fragments in the collection were conserved, recorded, identified and studied. Research was also undertaken on the discovery site and on the wider historical and geographical background to the hoard. The project involved specialists of many different types, and several different international institutions. Regular blogs, newsletters, talks and activities by the project team and the two museums enabled the general public to keep up to date with the research and conservation as it happened. The results of the research have been made available in an academic publication titled The Staffordshire Hoard: An Anglo-Saxon Treasure and a free online catalogue (see below).

The Staffordshire Hoard research project and publication was funded by Historic England, Birmingham Museums Trust and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, with the assistance of other generous patrons. The research project was managed by Barbican Research Associates.

This website draws on the results of the research and conservation project, and the work of the many experts who contributed to it. To find full information about the research:

The academic publication is published by the Society of Antiquaries of London. It is available from all good booksellers. The Staffordshire Hoard: An Anglo-Saxon Treasure tells the story of the Staffordshire Hoard’s discovery and acquisition, and the six-year research project that pieced its fragments back together, identified its objects and explored their manufacture. Key chapters discuss the decoration and meaning of the Hoard’s intricate ornament, the techniques of Anglo-Saxon craftsmen, the religious and historical background, and hoarding practice in Britain and Europe, to place this most exceptional find in context. Finally, the text explores the impact that the find has had locally, nationally and internationally in the twenty-first century.

The Staffordshire Hoard online catalogue and specialist research papers are hosted by the Archaeology Data Service (ADS). Access to the resource is free.

A note about the numbering of the Staffordshire Hoard objects: when the hoard was first discovered, each object or group of fragments was given a ‘K’ number (named for Kevin Leahy, the archaeologist who did the first numbering). During the research project, new catalogue numbers were assigned to the clean and reassembled objects once they were better understood. Every object can now be identified by its catalogue number, and by the K numbers it is made up of.