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One of the major thoroughfares of Roman Britain, it ran for about 250 miles from Dover past Wroxeter, and was probably still in use when the hoard was buried.
The average quality of the workmanship is extremely high, and especially remarkable in view of the large number of individual objects, such as swords or helmets, from which the elements in the hoard came.
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It is remarkable for being almost exclusively war-gear, with an extraordinary quantity of weapon hilt fittings, that is, decorative items from the handles of swords and knives.
Many feature beautiful garnet inlays or animals in elaborate filigree.
The Staffordshire Hoard totals 5.094 kilos of gold, 1.442 kilos of silver and 3,500 cloisonné garnets.
There is nothing comparable in terms of content and quantity in the UK or mainland Europe.
The closest parallel archaeological find to the Staffordshire Hoard is the artefacts from Sutton Hoo in Suffolk.
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The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found, anywhere in the world.
Discovered in a field near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England on 5 July 2009, it consists of aroudn 4,000 items, that are nearly all martial or warlike in character.