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SF-8C810D: Early Medieval sleeve clasp

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SLEEVE CLASP

Unique ID: SF-8C810D

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An incomplete Early Medieval copper-alloy sleeve clasp dating to circa AD 480-500. It consists of a thin sheet of rectangular copper-alloy forming one sleeve clasp half. The rear edge has a single sewing circular sewing hole. The front edge has a broken through that once served to accept the hook of the other clasp half.  Along the rear edge there are a series of punched annulets these continue along the remaining short side of the clasp. There are two faint areas of longitudinal grooving and a small hole roughly central to the remaining piece.The back is plain. 

This example falls into Hines' B7 category (1993: pg 41, fig 80a). Penn and Brugmann simplify Hines' categories into wcB7b, which falls into their phase FA2, dating to circa AD 480-500.

Length: 24.5mm; Width: 13.4mm; Thickness: 0.7mm; Weight: 0.60g. 

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 480
Date to: Circa AD 500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.5 mm
Width: 13.4 mm
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 0.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 7th June 2019 - Friday 7th June 2019

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Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: RLM 059
Other reference: SS19-038

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Near Woodbridge

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

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Hines, J. 1993 Clasps Hektespenner Agraffen: Anglo-Scandinavian Clasps of Classes A-C of the 3rd to 6th Centuries A D: Typology, diffusion and function Stockholm Kungl Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien
Penn, K. and Brugmann, B. 2007 Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Inhumation Burial: Morning Thorpe, Spong Hill, Bergh Apton and Westgarth Gardens Gressenhall Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 12 months ago

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