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Newly restored Staffordshire Hoard items on display
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This pectoral cross was cleaned ahead of Pope Benedict's visit

A year on from the public unveiling of the Staffordshire Hoard, some newly restored items have gone on display.

A pectoral cross is just one of 21 new exhibits on show at the Potteries Museum in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

The £3.3m hoard was discovered in a field in south Staffordshire and has been heralded as one of the greatest archaeological finds ever.

The hoard has special Christian significance as it includes crosses and bracelets with biblical inscriptions.

Several objects from the Staffordshire Hoard were blessed by the Pope on his recent visit to the UK.

Benedict XVI had been meeting church leaders at Oscott College in Sutton Coldfield when he was shown items of the Anglo Saxon treasure.

Replica cross

A replica of a folded cross created in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter was also given to the Pope as a gift.

The cross is thought to be the first symbol of Christianity in England.

Deb Klemperer, who's the Principal Collections Officer at the Potteries Museum, told BBC Radio Stoke that the first time she saw the objects a year ago was a very emotional experience.

"I cried when I saw a piece and couldn't believe it because I studied Saxon and Viking archaeology at university 35 years ago and never thought I would see material like this in my life."

The Staffordshire Hoard was discovered by metal-detecting enthusiast Terry Herbert in a south Staffordshire field in July 2009.

It comprises of around 3,500 items, some of which are on display in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham at any one time, after £3.3m was raised to keep the collection near the place it was found.




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