IOW-227533: Fragment of a copper alloy circular gilded mount with interlace work of Early Early-Medieval date (AD 600 – AD 700).

Rights Holder: Frank Basford
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Unique ID: IOW-227533

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Fragment of a copper alloy circular gilded mount with interlace work of Early Early-Medieval date (AD 600 - AD 700). The mount would have been about 68mm in diameter, when complete. It is about 2.5mm thick and weighs 10.41g.

Two small portions of the central part survive and these are decorated with three-stranded Style II animal interlace (part of a foot or paw appears to be present). This representation of an animal was enclosed by a circle of closely spaced repetitive punch marks which are lozenge-shaped and each has a central pellet. The circumferential beaded rim is slightly thickened. Two circular rivet holes perforate the circle of lozenge motifs. One hole is 2.2mm in diameter and the other hole is 1.6mm in diameter. Both of the holes appear to have been created by the use of a punch as the surrounding metal has "spread" slightly. If the holes were equi-distant apart, there would have been four of them when the mount was complete. The reverse is plain. Close to the smaller hole on the reverse is sub-circular feature, about 2.5mm in diameter and about 0.5mm in height. This is possibly the remains of casting sprue.

The piece has superficial bronze disease. However, some of the surfaces have a dark green patina and some gilding has survived at the front. All the breaks appear to be fairly recent.

The mount is possibly from a box like the one from Caenby, Lincolnshire or a leather satchel like the one from Swallowcliffe Down, Wiltshire (Speake 1980, pls. 15j and 16i). Speake has illustrated other circular mounts which could also be compared with this Rockley example, from Spelsbury, Oxfordshire and Sutton Hoo. Mound 2; and a mount from Chichester has rivet holes in similar positions near the edge (Speake 1980, pls. 15i, 16f and 16g). See also Speake 1989, figs. 57 and 65. Similar mounts also come from horse-harness, such as the mounts from Sutton Hoo, Mound 17 (Carver 2005).


The recorder wishes to acknowledge that this find was identified and references provided by Mr Barry Ager of the Department of Prehistory and Europe, The British Museum.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 600
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Weight: 10.41 g
Diameter: 68 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 24th April 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Barry Ager
Secondary identifier: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2005-144-1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Wootton Bassett

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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