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AGM Arrangements – 29 April 2017 Wednesday, 8/03/2017
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Pieta Greaves – Birmingham Museums Trust: ‘The Conservation and Research of the Staffordshire Hoard’

We are delighted to announce that our guest speaker for next year’s AGM is Pieta Greaves, Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Coordinator for Birmingham Museums Trust.

The Staffordshire Hoard is the most spectacular Anglo-Saxon find since the excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship-burial (Suffolk) in 1939. It was discovered in July 2009 by a metal detectorist, a mix of gold, silver and garnet items weighing over 6kg. Although fragmented, damaged and distorted, the hoard’s remarkable objects represent the possessions of an elite warrior class, stunning in their craftsmanship and ornament.

Why it was buried, perhaps before c AD 675, we’ll never know. Significantly it was discovered close to a then major routeway (Roman Watling Street), in what was the emerging Kingdom of Mercia. Warfare between England’s many competing regional kingdoms was frequent. The Staffordshire Hoard bears witness to this turbulent time in our history.

Pieta’s talk will discuss the award winning conservation programme and the results from the research program on behalf of the research team. It will also highlight the extraordinary technical ability of the Anglo-Saxon craftsman.

Pieta’s conservation specialism is in archaeological materials. This has led her to work on some of the most important archaeological assemblages from Scottish sites excavated in the last few years, such as the Bronze Age dagger burial at Forteviot, the Viking boat burial from Ardnamurchan, the wooden lyre bridge from High Pasture Cave as well as the internationally significant Roman Altars from Inveresk. For these projects it was important to liaise with a range of professionals including curators, archaeologists, conservators and other experts, to ensure the objects reached their archaeological potential.

Prior to training as a conservator at Cardiff University Pieta worked as an archaeologist in New Zealand and Australia, having graduated from Auckland University in 2001. Further to working in the UK, she has worked on overseas excavations in France, Egypt and in Belize for several field seasons both in a conservation and archaeologist capacity.

The AGM starts at 2pm with the lecture, which is free to members (£3 to non-members) at 4pm. We are expecting a large audience so tickets to non-members will be on a strictly first come first served basis.

Both members and non-members, if you are interested in attending then please contact the Offa’s Dyke Centre on 01547 528753 as seating will be limited.