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The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009 captured the imagination and stimulated renewed interest in the history and culture of the Anglo-Saxons. The discovery poses some interesting questions. Who owned the treasure and how did they acquire it? Was it made locally or did it originate elsewhere? Why was it buried in an obscure field in the Staffordshire countryside? To answer these questions, Martin Wall takes us on a journey into a period that still remains mysterious, into regions and countries long forgotten, such as Mercia and Northumbria. This book challenges our notions of the "Dark Ages" as barbaric and backward to reveal a civilization as complex, sophisticated and diverse as our own.