A fresh discovery of artefacts in a Staffordshire field where the famous 2009 hoard was found has been declared treasure and part of the hoard.
It means that metal detectorist Terry
Herbert, who discovered the original hoard of more than 3900 pieces
of gold, silver and bronze in the same field after gaining official
permission to scan, will share another windfall with the landowner,
farmer Fred Johnson. The original find saw them split a pot of
South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh
ruled that 81 of the 91 pieces of the latest find in the field at
Hammerwich, near Lichfield were treasure.
Mr Haigh discounted eight pieces as "modern"
and declared that two further pieces, which were found 40 to 50m
away from the other pieces were not part of the hoard.
Staffordshire County Council leader Philip
Atkins welcomed the ruling at the inquest, saying: "It is great
news that more pieces of the hoard have been discovered and the
challenge now is to work with our partners to raise the money to
make sure the collection stays together in the West Midlands."
Fragments of History
Ninety-one pieces of gold and silver were
recovered when the field was recently ploughed.
Many of these items weigh less than a gram.
The collection does, however, include a possible helmet cheek piece
(shown here), a cross-shaped mount and an eagle-shaped mount.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham
City Council acquired the original hoard after launching a
fundraising campaign to keep it in the West Midlands.
Over £900,000 was raised through public
donations, with further funds coming from Staffordshire County
Council, Birmingham City Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council,
Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council.
The news comes as English Heritage warned that rogue
detectorists who did not adhere to the Portable Antiquities Scheme
rules would be pursued and prosecuted. As
last week's front page report detailed, the warning followed
what was being hailed as a landmark case when two metal
detectorists were given suspended jail sentences after illegally
digging up artefacts at the site of a Roman town at Chester Farm
near Irchester in Northamptonshire.