Museum Outing: Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon Gold Hoard
  Staffordshire Hoard  
National Geographic Museum

Join Cantab DC in our first ever museum outing to see what all the buzz is about with the monumental find of the Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon Gold Hoard. Discovered in 2009 by an amateur metal detector  enthusiast, it was quickly declared a "treasure" by the Staffordshire County Coroner and became property of the British Crown. The Hoard - a sophisticated display of wealth and expert artisanal work from a previously thought, primitive culture - represents one of the biggest archeological finds of the century and reveals much about the little-known Anglo-Saxon period. 

A part of the Hoard is on exhibit in Washington at the National Geographic Museum for a limited time only. The Cambridge Society of DC is informally gathering a group of interested individuals to view the Staffordshire Hoard on March 3. Interested individuals will meet at the National Geographic Museum ticketing booth at 10:30AM promptly to view the exhibit. To ensure your spot please purchase your ticket on the National Geographic's ticketing website for the appropriate date and time. After the viewing of the exhibit we will continue on to the nearby Tabard Inn restaurant for an informal tea/coffee/drinks reception. All are welcome!

Please email if you are interested in attending for more details. 

This limited-time exhibit is only on display in Washington until March 4, so come to the Cantab outing before it is too late!

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Historical Context of Cambridge in the Anglo-Saxon Period:

After the Romans had left Saxons took over the land on and around Castle Hill and renamed it Grantabrycge – 'Bridge over Granta'. Their grave goods have been found in the area. During Anglo-Saxon times Cambridge benefited from good trade links across the hard-to-travel fenlands. By the 7th century the town was less significant, described by Bede as a "little ruined city" containing the burial site of Etheldreda. Cambridge is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as "Grantebrycge", a period when settlements existed on both sides of the river and Cambridge was on the border of East Anglian and Middle Anglian kingdoms.

The arrival of the Vikings in Cambridge was recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 875. Viking rule, the Danelaw, had been imposed by 878 The Vikings' vigorous trading habits caused Cambridge to grow rapidly. During this period the centre of the town shifted from Castle Hill on the left bank of the river to the area now known as the Quayside on the right bank. After the Viking period the Saxons enjoyed a brief return to power, building St Bene't's Church in 1025, which still stands in Bene't Street.

More about Cambridge's own history with Anglo-Saxon heritage  online and on Trinity College's website.


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Event Information
Saturday, Mar 3 2012 at 10:30am [ iCal ]
National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA