PUBLIC-B88D19: A complete early medieval double sharp-hooked clasp (dress hook).

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DRESS HOOK

Unique ID: PUBLIC-B88D19

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete early medieval (Middle Saxon) double sharp-hooked clasp (dress hook).

The object has a central bar which is barrel shaped with an oval section, and has a 3.15mm circular drilled hole, which may have been used for suspending a chain or a cord. From the central bar the object tapers towards incurving hooks. These objects are sometimes referred to as shroud hooks. For a discussion see Hinton 1996, 47-8. Similar exampes are known from Norwich (Margeson 1993, 18: Fig 9 no. 79) and are recorded on this database (PAS SF-E1B756 and NMS-EE54B7). This example may be classified as Read 2008 early medieval Class M, Type 1. It is likely to date from the 8th to early 9th century AD.

Measurements: Length: 49.22 mm. Width:  7.29 mm. Thickness: 5.25 mm. Weight: 7.7 g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 49.22 mm
Width: 7.29 mm
Thickness: 5.25 mm
Weight: 7.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 2nd September 2021

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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: East Sussex (County)
District: Lewes (District)
To be known as: Bishopstone

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Read, B. 2008 Hooked-Clasps and Eyes Langport Portcullis Publishing 40 153-155

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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