WILT-BBDA52: Incomplete copper alloy Anglo Scandinavian buckle

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Unique ID: WILT-BBDA52

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Incomplete copper alloy Anglo Scandinavian buckle, missing its backplate and pin. It is 51mm in length and max 27mm wide and weighs 19.39g.
The outside edge is angled downwards and outwards. Its axis bar has been cast in one piece with the rest of the buckle. The top-plate expands from 20mm (internal 14mm) wide at the axis bar to 22.5mm (internal 17.5mm) wide at the open end. The sides are 1.5mm deep. Two intact rivets 1mm in diameter are in place just below the axis bar and would have held the missing backplate in place (one of these has iron staining around it although the rivet is copper alloy). Between these is an oval hole 3x1.5mm which would have given the missing pin room to manoeuvre. At the open end in either corner is a pair of rivet holes with remains of corrosion around. One of these has iron corrosion.
The decoration stands proud of the buckle in places, especially around the open end. An animal has its open jaws around one of the rivets below the axis bar. Its neck curls in a loop, going slightly over the edge of the open end, and appears to have a limb tucked behind it. The body then extends around the outside edge of the buckle, stopping next to the open jaw. At least four curlicues extend out of the body and thus over the outside edge of the buckle. The body weaves in and out of itself.
The internal dimensions of the buckle, a D-shaped area, are 14mm long x 12mm wide.
Kevin Leahy, Finds Advisor, comments : A very interesting and important find. It is an example of one of the buckles we see with a hollowed, angled front bar on their loops. It is decorated in the Anglo-Scandinavian Urnes style and is a lovely example of the style. It will date from the 11th century.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 51 mm
Width: 27 mm
Weight: 19.39 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 28th July 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds
Secondary identifier: Nick GRIFFITHS

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU0643
Four figure Latitude: 51.186197
Four figure longitude: -1.915532
1:25K map: SU0643
1:10K map: SU04SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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