In 2009, the Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham City Council campaigned to keep the 3,500 artifacts of the Staffordshire Hoard in their cities. Now the councils are teaming up again to raise the money to purchase an additional 81 pieces discovered in November 2012. (photos)
The most recent artifacts were found by a team from Archaeology Warwickshire and include a helmet piece, a cross-shaped mount and an eagle-shaped mount. The cities need UK£57,395 to purchase the latest treasures. "The treasure captured the imagination of thousands of people and incredibly the money was raised in just a matter of months," said Deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Paul Shotton.