PUBLIC-89CD4E: PUBLIC-89CD4E EM Saucer Brooch

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-89CD4E

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A large fragment of a cast Copper alloy chipped and carved Anglo-Saxon saucer brooch, dating from 430-570 AD. The brooch is missing approximately 40% of the flan to a ragged break. On the reverse side, an extant pin hinge plate contains Iron corrosion presumably all that now remains of the pin. There are vestiges of a catch plate opposing the hinge plate. The brooch has traces of gilding on the front. The design consists of an incised central circle surrounded by five running spirals or scrolled tendrils, with an outer circular upturned rim. It is 27.27mm in diameter, 9.29mm thick and weighs 5.16 grams. Similar brooches can be seen in MacGregor and Bolick (1993) pp 42-45.

Class: Cast Saucer
Sub class: Five running spirals

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: Circa AD 430
Date to: Circa AD 570

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 9.29 mm
Weight: 5.16 g
Diameter: 27.27 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th December 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PastfindersI

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Lewes (District)
To be known as: Near Lewes

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

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