OXON-C868FD: Early Medieval stirrup-strap mount

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STIRRUP

Unique ID: OXON-C868FD

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A complete Early Medieval copper alloy stirrup-strap mount of Williams Class A probably dating to c. AD 1000-1100.

The stirrup-strap mount consists of a sub-rectangular plate from the base of which projects backwards a rectangular angled flange, at c. 90 degrees to the plane. An attachment loop flanked by two floral knops projects from the centre of the top of the mount. This is pierced by a hole (c.3.3mm diameter). Two pointed knops project c.4.4m from the plate's bottom two corners. The remains of two iron rivets remain as iron corrosion product just above the lower edge, inside each of these projections.

The front of the plate has raised moulded decoration consisting of joined scrolls of plant like ornament terminating in debased animal heads on the projecting knops. The reverse is undecorated.

The mount is a light green colour with patches of medium brown.

The mount is 49.4mm long, 29.6mm wide, 3.4mm thick excluding the flange and weighs 20.09 grams.

There is an identical example of this mount, also found in Oxfordshire, illustrated by Williams (1997: 83) No. 390 now held at the Ashmolean. He defines this as a Class A undefined stirrup-strap mount (Williams 1997: 78-80), typically dated to the 11th century (Williams 1997: 9) although other examples have been found in later contexts. This is a large group with no obvious distribution pattern.

Class: strap mount
Sub class: Williams Class A, no Type

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 49.4 mm
Width: 29.6 mm
Thickness: 3.4 mm
Weight: 20.09 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 21st February 2020 - Friday 13th March 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: OMS receipt 2376

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Chinnor (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP7501
Four figure Latitude: 51.70273981
Four figure longitude: -0.91610087
1:25K map: SP7501
1:10K map: SP70SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Williams, D. 1997 Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts: A Classification and Catalogue York CBA Research Report 111

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Recording Institution: OXON
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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