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"It's the kind of thing that you're lucky if you find once in a lifetime."
Birmingham council leader Mike Whitby said: "It's only right and proper that the artefacts remain in the region they were found."
"I was there for four hours just looking at the material and the finder actually called me Duncan Wow because that's all I could say: 'Wow.' It was find after find after find of Michael Kors Jet Set Striped Tote
Funding sought to keep Anglo Saxon treasure in Birmingham
Andrew Haigh, coroner for South Staffordshire, ruled the 1,345 items, mostly of gold and silver from ancient weaponry, should be classified as treasure and called for them to go on public display.
After excavating five bags' worth by himself, Mr Herbert realised he had a responsibility, under the Treasury Act, to contact the experts and phoned Duncan Slarke, of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Gallery, where it is being kept under tight security.
An eight strong team of professionals from Birmingham Archeology were employed to carry out the excavation, thanks to a 25,000 grant from English Heritage and Staffordshire County Council.
The hoard was officially declared treasure at a Staffordshire inquest yesterday and will now be valued by the British Museum, a process which will involve another marathon collaboration between experts. Their best guess is "millions".
The discovery of 5kg of gold is three times the amount found in the famous Sutton Hoo ship burial in 1939.
"Anglo Saxon is seen as being an interlude between the Romans and the Medieval period. That's how it's perceived. Yet, in terms of years, it's the largest period. It was when England was formed," he said. "We have been asked if this is the largest hoard of Anglo Saxon materials ever found. Really it's the only one we've ever found.
The most important pieces will be on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from tomorrow until Tuesday October 13.
Birmingham's heritage champion Peter Douglas Osborn said the discovery is evidence that the Midlands is the birthplace of England.
It was discovered in a farm field in July by amateur metal detector Terry Herbert who lives alone in a council house on disability benefit, and had never before found anything more valuable than a rare piece of Roman horse harness.
Dr Kevin Leahy, from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, was given the painstaking task of cataloging the booty. He said it would fill in the gaps in our knowledge of the Anglo Saxon period.
Project manager Alex Jones, director of Birmingham Archaeology, said: "I was astonished. It's absolutely unique. In terms of quantity and quality, it is unparallelled in archaeology.
"I think it will lift the profile of Birmingham," she said. "It will be a fascinating display and would become a major tourist attraction."
the most staggering quality. The impact of that day will remain with me forever."
"It does not diminish the impact of Sutton Hoo. It provides a context for Sutton Hoo, a means of comparison. But the site is going to tell its own story.
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Mr Haigh said: "This is a fantastic find in the context of history and we shouldn't forget the hundreds who died for this hoard to be amassed.
"It's been in the ground for 1,300 years and I hope now the treasure can go on public display in this country or hopefully in this region.
Heritage Lottery Fund to allow the impressive haul to remain in the city.
"It's the things that we don't understand, the things that we have to work at that will give us the real advance in knowledge. It's going to be so interesting getting to the bottom of this muddle."
"Seeing the material for the first time was absolutely breathtaking," said Mr Slarke, who is based at Birmingham. "I didn't really know what to expect, but to see it actually in boxes on a table, glistening at me, I was staggered.
It took them four weeks to trowel through the soil, metre square by metre square, ensuring nothing was lost.
"This is such an impressive haul that it is clear evidence that Mercia would have been the most important kingdom in Anglo Saxon Britain and the name of England comes from the Angles," he said.
Professor Vince Gaffney, director of research and archeology at the University of Birmingham, said the find placed the West Midlands at the heart of historical debate.
"You can't exaggerate how important this will be, and as we find out more, this haul will simply grow in importance," he said.
Meanwhile, curators at Birmingham Museum Art Gallery, in conjunction with partners from across the Midlands including Staffordshire County Council, were yesterday starting the process of bidding for funding from the Michael Kors Greenwich Satchel Medium
Estimated to be worth seven figures, the treasure trove is mainly made up of elaborate weapons, helmet decorations, coins and Christian crosses which experts believe were trophies taken from the battlefield by victorious Mercians.
Rita McLean, head of Birmingham museums, predicted it could become a major coup for the city on the same lines as the Book of Kells in Trinity College, Dublin.
"I would also like to congratulate the finder for finding Michael Kors Fringe Purse them and reporting them. I'm delighted to say he had a written agreement with the landowner."
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