A VAST hoard of Anglo Saxon treasure has gone on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
The artefacts were discovered on a piece of Staffordshire farmland in July and the find has been described as one of the most important in British history.
It was only last Thursday that the collection was revealed to the world – making national headlines and bringing overnight fame to the finder Terry Herbert. Since the cache went on display last week, thousands of people have flocked to the museum to catch a glimpse.
The gold and silver items date from between 675-725 AD – a period which is shrouded in uncertainty. But the hoard – the biggest of its kind to ever be discovered in this country – will hopefully shed light on the way that people lived.
Overall, the items are expected to fetch a seven-figure sum when they go under the hammer.
Once the market value has been agreed, museums will be able to bid for the items. A campaign has already been started to keep the hoard in the West Midlands.
The treasure will be showcased at the museum until October 13.