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Unique ID: SUR-67AB6D

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A hoop of gold beaded wire of probably Early Medieval date, consisting of a single strand with ends hammered together into a narrow, square-sectioned join. The hoop has been crushed and distorted.


The precise function of the hoop is unclear, but its closest parallels appear to be associated with early medieval sword hilts, for instance grip collars or cross guards. See, for instance, the many similar fragments in the Staffordshire Hoard (Fern et al 2019, cat. nos. 191–210). These fragments date to the seventh century, with gold beaded wire in general being popular on prestige metalwork produced during this period.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2021T761


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.7 mm
Width: 11.7 mm
Thickness: 2.2 mm
Weight: 2.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 27th September 2021

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2021T761

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Colchester (District)
Parish or ward: Langham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM0232
Four figure Latitude: 51.94979901
Four figure longitude: 0.93796514
1:25K map: TM0232
1:10K map: TM03SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Fern, C., Dickinson, T. and Webster, L. 2019 The Staffordshire Hoard: an Anglo-Saxon treasure London Society of Antiquaries

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUR
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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