BH-780DA1: Early Saxon annular brooch

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Unique ID: BH-780DA1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete copper-alloy annular brooch of quoit type and early Anglo-Saxon date. The frame measures 32mm in diameter and is formed of a flat plate which is 8.8mm wide and 0.8mm thick. The upper surface of the brooch is decorated with two concentric circles of punched dots. The pin is missing and the object is bent and slightly corroded. The pin attachment consists of a small circular hole located close to the inside of the frame. The pin rest is opposite and comprises a wedge-shaped cut out with an indented line either side. The object weighs 4.58g.

The wedge-shaped notch in the inner edge of the frame defines this brooch as a quoit brooch, a variant of the annular brooch. Compare NARC-63FA58 and NARC-63CBFD.

Class: Annular

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: with finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.8 mm
Weight: 4.58 g
Diameter: 32 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 10th October 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Julian Watters

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Bedford 2293 - 1

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Bedford (Unitary Authority)
District: Bedford (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Bletsoe

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: with finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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