Hammerwich Treasure

Hammerwich Treasure
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Friday, 26 February 2016

Staffordshire's Hoard secrets revealed.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The secret is in understanding the Christian pieces

4 bishops

          Diuma                 Creollach           Trumhere            Jaruman
But then came Chad and later Headda. Noble Wilfred was also around collecting rich artwork. A very diverse group. They were the spiritual elite with different views on the use of gold work. The question is would they have stored it at Lichfield? Which bishop knew something about the hoard? Which one would have collected artwork and which one would have spurned it?

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Interlace decoded

Cross ornamentation labelled

The folded cross has wonderful imagery and an explanation is given. It is the “Tree of Life”. It copies artwork in the Sutton Hoo hoard. 
The folded cross should be a national icon.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Would you like to know more?

Chapter 7 Who buried the gold?
The reasons for a mixture of items being buried in a heath scrub over 1300 years ago, a passing of 35 generations, will never be known for sure. Any explanation will vary from a vague supposition to an informed probability. Even the most plausible description can turn out to be fallacy because behaviour of people can be irrational. Despite this, it is still possible to give a considered view of events and provide a conclusion which is open to review. There is much that is known on the geography of the burial site, the make-up of the hoard, the history of the locality and the behaviour of powerful people of the time to make some sort of judgement. It needs an open-mind and careful consideration.
     Mercian warlord Penda drowning at the Winwaed.

Oswiu carrying his treasure.

So what happened next to the treasure?

Monday, 15 February 2016

Ring in a new way of looking at the Hoard

Chapter 3 BW 33 bishop's handbell original The mysterious 3 pieces could be part of a hand bell. A Bishop would have to have a hand bell to call for prayer, signal a death or a baptism. Many hand bells have survived. They are described with references where they may be seen.
Probably not as mysterious as you might have believed.
Chapter 3 BW 37 serpent end of strip
So what is the explanation for this? A gaping snake is a clue to the possible origin of the Christian artwork.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

What is a weoh?

Crop mark
Crop mark, pinfold, mound wall, tower base, boundary monument, or weoh? Has clay, dark-brown silt and charcoal. What was going on?
It was alongside a pathway to Pelsall, Wolverhampton and Wales, as well as Watling Street.

looking to hammerwich (2)

The Hoard site is west of Lichfield. This photo is taken from the middle spire tower. The clues are in the detail. What also moved westwards from the early church at Lichfield? Is there a correspondence?

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

A dozen theories; but which one has the most credibility?

Straightened Inscribed strip

When was this cross stem incised with words of great anguish? This is the pivotal clue to the nature of the hoard.