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Unique ID: SUR-B08440

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A cast copper alloy spur 'star' rowel with twelve points, lozenge-shaped in plan and section, radiating from a central perforation that is 4.8 mm in diameter. 


Rowel spurs of this kind were in use from the 13th century until modern times. Ellis and Egan in Clark (2004) illustrate a similar example with twelve points on page 148, Fig.106, No.360, which is dated from c.1340-1400; and another with sixteen points, in Fig.107, from an effigy carved c.1387-94. 

Class: rowel

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.8 mm
Weight: 8.59 g
Diameter: 33.3 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Vale of White Horse (District)
Parish or ward: Great Faringdon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3094
Four figure Latitude: 51.64400445
Four figure longitude: -1.56784403
1:25K map: SU3094
1:10K map: SU39SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Clark, J. 1995 The Medieval Horse and its Equipment c.1150 - c.1450 London HMSO

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Recording Institution: SUR
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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