WMAS-BB6B71: Fragment of an Early Medieval strap fitting (front and reverse view).

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Unique ID: WMAS-BB6B71

Object type certainty: Possibly
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The object is a possible fragment of an early Medieval Thomas Class A type 2 strap fitting (Thomas, G. 2003. Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking strap-ends 750-1100: Part 1. Finds Research Group AD700-1700. Datasheet 32, p.2). Although the use of geometric patterns to decorate strap ends continues into the late Medieval, (see for example Fig 96, no.763 in Egan, G and Pritchard, F. 1991 Medieval Finds From Excavations in London: 3. Dress Accessories c.1150 - c.1450, HMSO, London), the style of the design and the shape of the object suggest a date around the ninth or tenth century AD. The fragment is made of cast copper alloy and is incomplete.

In plan the object is trapezoid shaped. The upper edge of the object is wide and uneven where it has broken away from the rest of the object, the break is not recent and the rest is missing. The sides of the object are even, tapering inwards towards the narrower lower edge. The unevenness of the lower edge is due to another break, where the now missing tip of the strap end has broken off. The front of the object is decorated with a crudely incised geometric design consisting of a partially visible lozenge shape with concave sides, surrounded by concave radiating grooves. The reverse of the object is flat and undecorated. In profile the object is flat.

The object is matt brown in colour and is in a poor condition. The object is 25.3mm in length, 19.5mm at its widest point and 1.2mm thick. The weight of the object is 2.8g.

Class: Thomas Class A, Type 2 (possibly)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: AD 900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.3 mm
Width: 19.5 mm
Thickness: 1.2 mm
Weight: 2.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 21st October 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Sarah Housley
Identified by: Ms Sarah Housley

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Newark and Sherwood (District)
Parish or ward: Thorpe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK1550
Four figure Latitude: 53.047057
Four figure longitude: -1.777701
1:25K map: SK1550
1:10K map: SK15SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMAS
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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