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Cuttlestones’ talk leads to fund boost in excess of £400 for the Staffordshire Hoard

An evening talk at Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones on Thursday, 29th April raised over £400 toward the £1.7million required for the ongoing preservation, interpretation and display of the Anglo Saxon Staffordshire Hoard.

Over 120 people attended the talk, with all proceeds from ticket sales going toward the fund. An added dimension was provided by Cuttlestones’ jewellery consultant, David Spencer of Eccleshall’s Spencer the Jeweller, who spoke of the skill involved in working with precious metals and his respect for the craftsmen who made the hoard’s beautifully intricate pieces found with the minimum technology.

Steve Dean, Principle Archaeologist at Staffordshire County Council, then gave a fascinating insight into the questions that surround the treasure; highlighting just how much more work is required to get to the bottom of the ancient mystery.

The ongoing research, which Steve believes could take at least another 20 years, should help shed light on the ancient kingdom of Mercia, of which the Staffordshire area was once part, and the lifestyle of its Pagan tribes whose kings waged fierce battles with surrounding Christian kingdoms in the fight for dominance and loot.

Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams, Lead Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, said the event had been a great success:

Interest in the Staffordshire Hoard has been massive and our archaeologists, Steve Dean and Ian Wykes, have been giving talks across the county. We were delighted to work with Cuttlestones Auctioneers on this high profile and enormously popular event. The response from the public, in terms of the numbers of people attending the talk and their generosity in donating to the Staffordshire Hoard fund, was brilliant and the setting made it a really unique occasion.”

For further information on the Staffordshire Hoard, visit www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk. For details of forthcoming talks and events at Cuttlestones, visit www.cuttlestones.co.uk – alternatively, call 01785 714905 or email office@cuttlestones.co.uk