Why did they bury the hoard?
Experts have theorised about why the hoard was deposited where it was. There are many possible answers to this question. It may have been loot from a battle or the ransom for a king. It may have been an offering to the gods or treasure hidden from attackers. We may never know the right answer.
The famous Saxon poem Beowulf contains lines that experts believe may describe circumstances similar to the burial of the hoard.
‘One warrior stripped the other, looted Ongentheow’s iron mail-coat, his hard sword-hilt, his helmet too, and carried graith to King Hygelac; he accepted the prize, promised fairly that reward would come, and kept his word. They let the ground keep that ancestral treasure, gold under gravel, gone to earth, as useless to men now as it ever was.’