Secrets of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmith

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Secrets of the Anglo-Saxon goldsmith: Scientific results from analysis of the Staffordshire Hoard gold

The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009 led to the development of a cross-disciplinary programme to conserve, research and disseminate the find. The Hoard consists of the largest assemblage of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver objects, most of which is battle regalia.

Most of the material belongs to the sixth to seventh centuries and much is richly decorated with intricate interlace patterns carried out using a variety of techniques including cloisonné garnet and filigree. Many different raw materials were brought together to create the objects in the hoard, including; precious metals, garnets, glass, organics and other inlays.

As part of the wider research project studying the Staffordshire Hoard a ground breaking study of the gold was carried out. The work has revealed more details about workshop practice and from this it is possible to outline some of the decisions made by the goldsmiths in the Anglo-Saxon period to enhance the appearance of the objects.

Speaker: Dr Ellie Blakelock

Ellie trained as an archaeometallurgist, and in 2012 finished a PhD studying Anglo-Saxon and Viking ironworking techniques. For three years she studied the metals in the Staffordshire Hoard. Since this time she has worked on a large number of high profile Anglo-Saxon projects, such as Rendlesham, and the Harpole treasure. Ellie is also the director of the excavations of a large Anglo-Saxon malting complex at Sedgeford in Norfolk.

Staffordshire Hoard


The new venue is University Centre Peterborough.

This is NOT the new university building in the centre of the city, but is on a shared campus with Peterborough College and is accessed from Park Crescent.

There is on-site parking available.

The lecture theatre is on the first floor; a lift is available.

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13 May 2024
7:00 pm
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University Centre Peterborough
Park Crescent
Peterborough, PE1 4DZ


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