If you’re studying England or the Dark Ages right now (or if you kids are interested in gold or metal detecting), you might want to check out this website: http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/
A jobless man was using his metal detector walking around on his farmland and hit the jackpot – well, it was actually a large hoard of gold items dating back to the Dark Ages. If you go to the website above and click on “artefacts,” it will take you to a slide show and you can actually look at photos of the artefacts with your children. They are very beautiful pieces. What is really neat is that one of them actually has words on it. It looks like the words are a mixture of Old English and Latin (which would have been used during that period).
I just love integrating stuff like this into the things we learn. It makes it so much more memorable and interesting for the children! : )