SF-71AA20: Early Medieval stirrup

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Unique ID: SF-71AA20

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A complete Early Medieval to Medieval copper-alloy stirrup strap mount dating to circa AD 1000-1100. It is broadly shield-shaped plan and plano-convex in section. Its edges are rounded containing transverse ribs. At the pointed ended is a rectangular knop under which is a circular suspension loop.  The body is openwork with with seven circular arapertures inclusive of the suspension loop aforementioned. A circular aperture is positioned at the oppposite end of the suspension loop. In the middle are two flanking sub-rectangular apertures in the centre of which are position three circular apertures arranged in a trefoil. The uppermost aperture is larger in diameter. The bottom edge is offset at a right ange to the body. It contains two in situ iron rivets with iron corrosion around them. 

The mount is similar to those depicted in Williams 1997, pg 88, nos 411-414. 

Length: 40.8mm, width: 28.6mm, thickness: 3.9mm, weight: 17.32g

Class: Strap mount
Sub class: Williams Class B, Type 2, Group 1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.8 mm
Width: 28.6 mm
Thickness: 3.9 mm
Weight: 17.32 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st August 2020 - Monday 31st August 2020

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Openwork
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Aldringham

Spatial coordinates

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

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Williams, D. 1997 Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts: A Classification and Catalogue York CBA Research Report 111

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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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