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In books like The War That Killed Achilles, The Endurance, and The Bounty, Caroline Alexander has revealed history to be the exciting pursuit it is by using archaeological discoveries to disclose its secrets. Her new Lost Gold of the Dark Ages applies that strategy to the Anglo-Saxons, who fought hard to dominate England for six centuries, from the decline of Roman Britain until the Norman Conquest in 1066. Alexander's narrative is presented in the setting of a large format National Geographic Society pictorial that enables us to view this fractious period through objects that survived it. In this case, many of these objects are gold and silver treasures or painstakingly crafted weapons of war. This book is not just a collection of artifacts; it has the feel of real lives lived.