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Largest Anglo-Saxon hoard found

Field where haul of Anglo-Saxon gold was found
Hundreds of gold artefacts were discovered buried in the field

The UK's largest haul of Anglo-Saxon gold artefacts has been found in Staffordshire.

The items, which date from the 6th to 8th centuries, were discovered beneath a field on a farm in July.

The haul is much larger than the Sutton Hoo discovery in 1939 when 1.5kg of Anglo-Saxon gold was found near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

The Staffordshire coroner will decide later whether the hoard is to be classified as treasure.

If this happens it will become the property of the government.

It has been suggested that the hoard may be related to a Mercian king.

Experts from the British Museum have been studying the items which are being kept in Birmingham.

Officials have refused to reveal the exact location of the field or the name of the man who found the hoard.

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