DEV-D20184: Medieval strap fitting: swivel

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Unique ID: DEV-D20184

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper alloy swivel strap fitting dating to the medieval period, c. AD 1100-1200. 

The object is composed of a rectangular frame at its upper end, which descends into a cylindrical column which narrows then widens into a collar before the break, where it would have been attached to the other parts of the swivel. There are slender incised lines placed around the various decorative collars of the column, and the upper horizontal part of the frame is lozenge shaped in cross section. 

It is reminiscent of BH-902A6A, which is a more complete example but composed around a triangular design rather than a combination of rectangle and column. It is also faintly reminiscent of WAW-26DE03, although less bulbous. Both are forms of medieval swivel strap fittings. 

Measurements: 30.2mm length, 19.1mm width, 6.2mm thickness, weight 7.78g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.2 mm
Width: 19.1 mm
Thickness: 6.2 mm
Weight: 7.79 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st May 2021 - Saturday 7th August 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 019632

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: East Devon (District)
Parish or ward: Lympstone (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX9984
Four figure Latitude: 50.64690195
Four figure longitude: -3.4299035
1:25K map: SX9984
1:10K map: SX94NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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