Staffordshire Hoard Lecture

A fascinating discussion about the priceless Hoard of Anglo-Saxon Treasure and the scientific tecniques experts have used to find out mor about it.

Dr Kevin Leahy

The talk will look at the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon Treasure and how it, and finds like it, are interpreted.

The study of finds like the Staffordshire Hoard involves many techniques and draws on a wide range of disciplines, from physics to palaeography (ancient handwriting). By using methods like these we can try to understand what happened more than 1400 years ago when the hoard was buried. Many questions remain, but advances in scientific methods are allowing us to look at the finds in new ways.

Dr Kevin Leahy is a free-lance archaeological finds specialist, who works as the National Adviser, Early Medieval Metalwork for the Portable Antiquities Scheme and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester. He prepared the first catalogue of the finds from the Staffordshire Hoard. Before going into archaeology Kevin trained as a foundry engineer which left him with a deep interest in metals and materials. He has excavated some important Anglo-Saxon sites and published a number of books on Anglo-Saxon archaeology including ‘Anglo-Saxon Crafts’ and ‘The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Lindsey.

Contact

For further information or if you would like to attend the lecture please contact Julie Smith, Corporate Events, t: 01782 294116, e: public@staffs.ac.uk