[Milton-L] Off Topic . . . But Relevant to English Literature

Nancy Charlton nbcharlton at comcast.net
Fri Sep 25 10:58:56 EDT 2009


There is an article with video on the NY Times site today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/25/world/europe/25treasure.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

This one is a little more coherent than most about this.  No one has yet 
so far as I've seen written anything about how the site was developed.  
One would like to know whether trained  archaeologists
 mapped the site and photographed each layer of excavation. How did such 
a huge treasure get there in the first place?  How deep was it buried?  
How did it come to be so well hidden than no plow uncovered it in 1200 
years of farming, battles, etc.?  What safeguards and security measures 
were taken while it was still in the field?  Whom did Mr Herbert (the 
guy with the metal detector)notify of the treasure?  The authorities?  
Academic or museum bigwigs?   What providence kept the treasure from 
being bulldozed for a road?  How come the museum in Birmingham put 
together what appears to be a curated exhibit so quickly?

As for Latin, weren't the Anglo-Saxons great fnns of Vergil? And weren't 
there more than a few missionary priests among them in the Dark Ages, 
making Latin more likely to be used than it might hve been among pagan 
Celts?


Was there ever any refernce to such a huge treasure in any of the 
chronicles or accounts of the time, or later?  It doesn't seem likely 
that such a heist, such a looting, such a preservation would go unnoted.

Too many murder mysteries, too little Milton!

Nancy Charlton


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