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Unique ID: SOM-C97807

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

An incomplete cast copper-alloy bridle cheek-piece of 11th-century date. The fragment measures 52mm by 27.8mm by 5.6mm and weighs 36.9g. It is very worn but there is are two old breaks at one end; between these is part of the original central circular hole for the bit. There is a decorative circular opening. One face is decorated with the head of a Ringerike-style beast in profile, facing right, with a flowing mane. Such decoration suggests that this is a type 1 cheek piece (see for example BH-FEBCD7, a broad parallel from Ware, Hertfordshire). The reverse face, has two concave mouldings, but is otherwise undecorated. Although this example is rather thick, both Kevin Leahy and David Williams have confirmed the identification. Williams suggests that the object is likely to date to the mid 11th century and is typical of its type. Compare SOMDOR-ED68B8 for a better-preserved cheek-piece from Somerset, with incised Ringerike-style decoration.

Class: Cheek Piece


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1099

Dimensions and weight

Length: 52 mm
Width: 27.8 mm
Thickness: 5.6 mm
Weight: 36.9 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 28th March 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Dr Naomi Payne - [view all attributed records]
Secondary identifier: Dr Kevin Leahy - [ view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020228

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Cast [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Incomplete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of Early Medieval Cheek Piece Bridle Fitting (Probably)

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Spatial metadata

Region: South West
County: Somerset
District: Sedgemoor
To be known as: Chedzoy

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Created: Wednesday 9th April 2008
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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