Largest-ever Anglo-Saxon gold hoard unearthed in England

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    Largest-ever Anglo-Saxon gold hoard unearthed in England

    LONDON, England (CNN) -- A man using a metal detector in a rural English field has uncovered the largest Anglo-Saxon gold hoard ever found -- an "unprecedented" treasure that sheds new light on history, archaeologists said Thursday.
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    It's an "incredible collection of material -- absolutely unprecedented," said Kevin Leahy, an archaeologist with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a voluntary group that records finds made by members of the public. "We've moved into new ground with this material."
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    A strip of gold bearing a Biblical inscription in Latin is one of the most significant and controversial finds, Staffordshire Council said. One expert believes the lettering dates from the 7th or early 8th centuries, but another is sure it dates from the 8th or 9th centuries.

    The inscription, misspelled in places, is probably from the Book of Numbers and reads: "Surge domine et dissipentur inimici tui et fugiant qui oderunt te a facie tua," or "Rise up, o Lord, and may thy enemies be dispersed."
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    The scripture that the quote is taken from is Numbers 20:35 (KJV)

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    COOOL! Not having read the article yet, the time period makes me guess it was buried to hide from Norse raiders....now I will read to see if I'm right.
     
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    :eusa_whistle: I'll never tell.

    But it's really an interesting article with a picture of some. It will be amazing to see the finds when they release photos of all of it to the public.

    They're saying that this will rewrite history.
     
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    Wow. The finder and landowner get to split the value of it all.
     
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    Damn they never say the net worth. I bet its got to be a small fortune both will be getting.

    Wonder whatever happened to the men that hide it there?
     
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    Wonder if that explains Roomy's timely disappearance...:eusa_whistle:
     
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    They're dead. Maybe it's cursed gold.
     
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    Awesome find! Bod I agree, more than likely hidden from the Norse raiders. Being that it was left makes me think the buriers didn't survive the raid.
     
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    I dunno. I think there's going to be a court challenge over finder's fees.

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    Did I hear gold hoard? I've been thinking about the Swine Flu lately. Hoping it doesn't find me.
     

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