Nearly 90 pieces of gold and silver found in English historical site

About 90 new pieces of gold and silver have been discovered in the field close to Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England, where the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure was found three years ago.

The new findings include what is thought to be a part of a helmet and an eagle-shaped object, reports The Express and Star.

Experts from the English Heritage and Staffordshire county council believe the latest finds are connected to the pieces of metalwork found in July 2009, but a formal decision on that will be taken by the local coroner, Andrew Haigh, in a treasure inquest on Jan. 7.

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found. Thought to date from the seventh century, it is made up of 3,900 pieces of precious metal and copper alloy.

The original finds have been valued by experts at around $5.4 million and have since been viewed by over a million people in exhibitions worldwide.

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