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Team digs for clues at Staffordshire Hoard site

By This is Tamworth  |  Posted: March 26, 2010

Team digs for clues at Staffordshire Hoard site

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EXPERTS have spent the week digging up the Hammerwich field where the Staffordshire Hoard was found. But the archeologists say there is definitely no more gold on the site.

They have been examining the land off Barracks Lane, pictured below, in an attempt to find out more about its history.

Staffordshire's county archaeologist Stephen Dean said: "Last July we were very much looking to recover material, but we knew we needed to come back.

"We have carried out a full metal detector survey and two geophysical surveys to make sure there is no gold.

"This is the next phase of works."

The Hoard was discovered by Terry Herbert in a farmer's field last July.

Experts believe it could have been owned by a king.

But story of where it came from and why it was left in the soil still remains a mystery.

Mr Dean added: "We are looking for dating evidence and also environmental evidence.

"We are trying to find features which could tell us what the landscape was like when the Hoard was buried."

This week an archeological team were digging 100 metres of trenches and pits in the field.

Councillor Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for communities and culture, welcomed the news that funding has been pledged to keep the treasure in the region.

He added: "There is no other piece of land in the country that has been more rigorously searched for gold."

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