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Saturday, 26 September 2009

The Dark Ages? Why Anglo-Saxon gold find means we must reassess period

It has always been portrayed as time of ignorance and brutality - a mysterious and myth-ridden period of history so lacking in culture and civilisation it is known simply as the Dark Ages.

But the discovery of the astonishing hoard of intricate and beautiful gold and silver trinkets in Staffordshire has at last shed some much-deserved sunlight on our Anglo Saxon ancestors.

And the picture that emerges is not one of a backward, brutish race of ignorant illiterates.

Instead we find a sophisticated poetry-loving people, skilled in metalwork, sculpture and embroidery who not only laid the foundation stones of modern society - but invented a concept of Englishness that still endures.

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