On the uses of Wikipedia: Noted almost without comment

My husband, Chris Cobb, wrote to me recently:

I was twigged to a most exciting (for a medievalist, that is) news story last evening that I wanted to pass along to you, just because. It was announced today that the largest Anglo-Saxon hoard ever discovered has recently been found in Staffordshire, England. It is several times larger than the Sutton Hoo treasure, and full of exquisitely crafted pieces.

If you’d like to take a look, the website that the curators have developed is here:


I will add that, in a supremely ironic twist, I picked up this story as I was watching a video on [Daily Kos] of Michael Moore being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN about “Capitalism:  A Love Story.”  While Michael Moore was doing an absolutely devastating takedown of the vacuous and insinuating questions that Blitzer was asking, “Largest Anglo-Saxon Hoard Discovered” flashed across the “Breaking News” line.  I finished watching the interview, which was awesome, and then flipped over to Wikipedia, figuring that they would have the best information, and they did.  It was in their “in the news” section, they already had a detailed entry written up about it (the public story broke today!), and a link to the official website.  ….  It’s not every night that the archaeological find of the century is announced…

Anyway, I thought you might find the story amusing, and the artifacts are worth a look:  they are astonishing.

Mad props to Wikipedia!

One Comment

  1. Posted September 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Now, see, I read the Guarnaid in the morning, so I had seen it and sent it on to a Medievalist by nine o’clock on Thursday morning. No wikipedia, no CNN, very old-school. Probably twelve hours after Chris, but then, most of those twelve hours I was asleep.

    And now I have one of those golden pictures as the desktop background here at work; the shiny gold and garnets have pushed the kids off for a week or two.