Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What a Find; Battle Is on to Keep Treasure on Teesside

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What a Find; Battle Is on to Keep Treasure on Teesside

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Byline: By MIKE MORGAN

THE BATTLE is on to keep a priceless Royal Anglo Saxon hoard of jewels and other precious items on Teesside.

One of the North of England's most remarkable finds from Anglo Saxon times has been painstakingly unearthed by local archaeologists at a formerly secret site in East Cleveland.

Yesterday, as it was publicly revealed for the first time at Redcar's Kirkleatham Museum, experts described it as the "find of a lifetime".

Similar finds nationally are worth millions of pounds and a full valuation is already under way.

But officials including Sheelagh Clarke, Redcar and Cleveland Council's Cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, are determined to keep the jewels at Kirkleatham Museum "no matter what the cost" via grants and appeals.

"This is the find of a generation," she said. "It's been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the team of archaeologists and I hope many future gen erations will be able to come to Teesside to see how spectacular they are."

More than 100 graves were discovered when an aerial photo, showing evidence of an Iron Age site, gave freelance archaeologist Steve Sherlock clues to the "buried treasure".

The amazing finds, including gold and silver brooches dating back to the 7th century, look certain to have connections with the ancient Kings of Northumbria.

Steve, 53, formerly of Redcar, described it as "the find of a lifetime".

The excavations began in 2005 and continued under Steve's supervision with help from Tees Archaeology and local volunteers, working four to six weeks every summer. They have covered an area the size of half a football pitch near Loftus, discovering a cemetery of 109 burials.

The items are thought to have been buried after 650AD at the time St Hilda was trying to establish a monastery at Hartlepool and later at Whitby. …

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