On 5 July 2009 a metal-detector user started to unearth gold objects in a Staffordhire field. Thus began the discovery of the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. Consisting of over 1600 items - including fittings from the hilts of swords, fragments from helmets, Christian crosses and magnificent pieces of garnet work - the Stafforshire Hoard is set to rewrite history. This is just the beginning of the story. This small volume tells the story of the find, puts it in the context of Anglo-Saxon England and summarises the contents of the hoard. These spectacular and fascinating pieces are shown in full colour throughout. £1 from the sale of every book will go to the Staffordshire Hoard appeal fund, which supports the efforts by Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, to acquire the hoard.