PRICK SPUR

Unique ID: SF7445

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

Copper-alloy goad from a prick spur. It is pyramidal in shape, springing from a lozengiform base which measures 16 x 13.5 mm from corner to corner. From the centre of the base emerges the circular-section neck, which begins at a diameter of 6 mm but which is split apart for most of its length by iron corrosion. There is a little iron corrosion at the apex of the pyramid too, so there may be an iron bar running right through the goad. This may be all that survives of a copper-alloy coated iron spur, or the goad may have been the only piece made of iron.

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: AD 1050
Date to: AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Length: 30 mm
Width: 16 mm
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Weight: 12.13 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st September 2001

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake - [view all attributed records]

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Secondary material: Iron [scope notes| view all attributed records]
Completeness: Fragment [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of Medieval prick spur fragments

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Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern
County: Suffolk
District: Babergh
To be known as: COCKFIELD

Spatial coordinates

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: Thursday 22nd November 2001
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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