A hoard of historic golden treasure found in the Leeds area which dates back to the seventh century has been named among the top 50 archaeological finds discovered in Britain by members of the public in the last 20 years.

The find, which has become known as the ‘West Yorkshire Hoard’ and is made up of seven objects of Anglo-Saxon jewellery, can be seen at Leeds City Museum having been secured for the city after a successful fundraising drive by The Friends of Leeds City Museums and The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society last year.

The collection will feature in tonight’s episode of ‘Britain’s Secret Treasures’ on ITV1, which is counting down the list of the top 50 UK finds based on archaeological and historical significance, as well as aesthetic and narrative appeal.

Six of the objects are gold jewellery dating from the seventh to 11th centuries – the most spectacular being a stunning gold ring with a lozenge-shaped bezel set with a garnet gem which is in near-perfect condition.

“The West Yorkshire Hoard is a fascinating story and it is fantastic that it has now recognised as a nationally-important find”, said Camilla Nichol, Head of Collections, Leeds Museums. “It is proudly displayed in Leeds City Museum as part of the incredible Leeds museums’ collection, so for anyone who has not seen it, it is well worth a visit.”


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