The ship-burial, probably dating from the early 7th century and excavated in 1939, is one of the most magnificent archaeological finds in England for its size and completeness, far-reaching connections, the quality and beauty of its contents, and the profound interest of the burial ritual itself.
The initial excavation was privately sponsored by the landowner.
Speaking as the find was announced, Mr Herbert, from Burntwood, Staffs, said: "People laugh at metal detectorists.
The reign of King Offa, who is best remembered for his Dyke that designated the boundary between Mercia and the Welsh kingdoms, is sometimes known as the "Golden Age of Mercia".Thousands of tonnes of this toxic rubbish, containing syringes, bottles, gloves, toys, glass - some of which will not decay for hundreds of years, to be tipped on the fields each year. As well as enriching the cultural life of Britain, and providing national and regional museums with exhibits that draw crowds and generate popular interest in history, detectorists also perform an equally important service every time a lost coin or artefact is returned to the nations economy.Irrespective of its collector interest, the lowliest metallic find has a small monetary value that is recovered for re-use the moment it returns from the soil.) was one of the kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy.The name is a Latinisation of the Old English Mierce or Myrce, meaning "border people" (see March).