The spectacular finds reveal more of the wealth and sophisticated culture of the warrior elite and of the Church in the era we have come to know through the prism not only of Bede and his contemporaries but also of the treasures found at Sutton Hoo in 1939.
These and similar discoveries enable us to expand our understanding of the period and to realise that it should most certainly not be dismissed as “The Dark Ages” or in similarly perjorative terms. Here was a rich material culture, a rich literary culture - think of Bede and of Beowulf - and a rich spiritual culture, if not for King Penda then for his descendants and their subjects.
The two articles with their illustrations are
from 2019 and
from the time of the first discovery in 2009.
Items from the Staffordshire Hoard are on display in the Birmingham City Museum and the Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent.