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12/20/2012 05:31 pm ET

Staffordshire Gold: More Fragments Of Anglo Saxon Hoard Discovered (PHOTOS)

Researchers in Britain announced that additional gold and silver pieces thought to be related to the famous Staffordshire Hoard have been found.

According to the BBC, archeologists unearthed 90 fragments, many of which weigh less than a gram, in a field in Hammerwich. It is the same location where the Staffordshire Hoard, a trove of 3,500 gold and silver artifacts, were discovered in 2009.

Researchers say that some of the pieces are fragments that fit with artifacts from the previous find. Among the new discoveries are a possible helmet cheek piece, a cross-shaped mount and an eagle-shaped mount, which are all being examined by experts, according to the Birmingham Mail.

In a statement, Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins said that while the find is exciting, a formal inquest must be completed before it is determined whether the objects represent a "significant part of [British] national history."

"While it is far too early to say exactly what they are, or how old they are, they are certainly interesting finds," Atkins said.

The Staffordshire Hoard, unearthed on by a person with a metal detector in 2009, is valued at about $5.3 million, but its cultural significance is thought to be far greater than any monetary worth.

According to the official website of the Staffordshire Hoard research and conservation program, artifacts from the site, which are predominantly of a martial nature, have tentatively been dated to the 7th or 8th Centuries, the time of the Kingdom of Mercia.

The Mercia was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom, founded around 500 C.E., which at its peak encompassed most of southern England.

This is not the first archeological find unearthed in southern England this year. Earlier in December, an incredibly rare bronze helmet dating from the 1st Century B.C.E. was uncovered by a person with a metal detector in a field near Canterbury.

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Staffordshire Hoard Gold Fragments
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