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UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT

Unique ID: SUR-C942E4

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy 'moustache-shaped' object of late Bronze Age or Iron Age date. The object has a narrowed body with two sweeping swollen drop shaped ends which taper towards pointed terminals. There are five panels of linear grooves on each rounded side, with medial bands running down the middle, flanked by two panels of oblique lines and then two outer peripheral panels of lines running roughly parallel to those along the centre. The tapering lower projections are undecorated. There is a sub rectangular hollow between the projections suggesting the object fitted to something.

A number of these so called 'moustache' shaped objects of have now been recovered, with distinct variants identifiable. They are thought to date from the middle Bronze Age to the late Iron Age. Their function is uncertain, although recess in the body of this example (and in many of the others known) suggests that they were mounted on something, possibly a dagger handle or on the end of a scabbard; however the absence of evidence makes this entirely conjectural.

One example was found in the Salisbury Hoard which contained Bronze Age material but was buried in the Iron Age (Stead, 1998, no.117). Another example was found in a Middle Bronze Age context at Clay Farm, Cambridgeshire (Current Archaeology March 2012, Issue 264, 35). 

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Recorded from details emailed by the finder. 

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17 mm
Width: 20.7 mm
Weight: 12.63 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 24th February 2022

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Stapleford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU0637
Four figure Latitude: 51.13224512
Four figure longitude: -1.91563025
1:25K map: SU0637
1:10K map: SU03NE
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
Stead, I.M. 1996 Celtic Art in Britain before the Roman Conquest British Museum Press

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