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Unique ID: DOR-18F214

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find validated and published by finds advisers

An incomplete small zoomorphic strap-end made from copper alloy with silver inlay. It has a short split attachment end, missing the front part; the back part is thin and has the remnants of two circular attachment holes, one at each corner. The right corner has been broken off and the hole on the left is broken at the top.

The strap-end tapers and thickens towards the other rounded end. This is cast in the form of a stylised animal head with a snout, protruding round eyes, and rounded ears with central recesses. Above this terminal is a panel of inlaid silver decoration. The decoration is of abstract curlilinear design and is now in poor condition.

The shape and decorative style of this object identify it as a Thomas Class A type 2 strap end (Thomas, G, 2003, "Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age strap-ends 750 - 1100 : Part 1", Finds Research Group Datasheet 33, page 3-4, No.2). Date: Early Medieval, broadly 9th century. Dimensions: 28.20 mm x 10.46 mm x 3.17 mm. Weight: 2.84g.

Class: Thomas Class A, Type 2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon [scope notes| view all attributed records]
Date from: AD 780
Date to: Circa AD 920

Dimensions and weight

Length: 28.2 mm
Width: 10.46 mm
Thickness: 3.17 mm
Weight: 2.84 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 7th June 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen - [view all attributed records]

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Secondary material: Silver [scope notes| view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Decoration style: Zoomorphic [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Incomplete [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Surface Treatment: Inlaid [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of 18F214. Early medieval: Zoomorphic strap end

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Spatial metadata

Region: South West
County: Dorset
District: North Dorset
To be known as: Compton Abbas

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Cultivated land[scope notes]

References cited

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Created: Wednesday 7th November 2007
Updated: Wednesday 26th February 2014

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