Staffordshire treasure 
 
Part of a helmet discovered near where the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon artefacts was found in 2009
Image credit Staffordshire County Council/PA
 
The Guardian reports today that –
 

Most of a collection of new items found close to where the Staffordshire hoard was previously discovered have been declared a treasure trove. The 81 items of gold and silver, which date from the seventh century, will now be handed to the British Museum’s valuation committee, which will assess their worth, the South Staffordshire coroner, Andrew Haigh, told an inquest in Stafford. It will then be up to Staffordshire county council and neighbouring councils to raise the money to buy the items for the nation. If the money is raised, the pieces are likely to end up in museums with the original Staffordshire hoard, which was found in a field near Lichfield in 2009 by metal detectorist Terry Herbert.

Full story here. See also the video on BBC NEWS UK here.