NLM-468D41: Early Medieval Pressblech Die Stamp

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Unique ID: NLM-468D41

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A cast copper-alloy Early Medieval Pressblech die for making thin, sheet metal, mounts. The die is triangular but with two lugs either side of its wider end. It is now slightly curved and has a perforation at the pointed tip but appears to be complete. Depicted in low relief on the die is a human figure with the head of a wolf. The head and feet are in profile stance, facing left, but the torso is facing front. The warrior wearing a hauberk, or a tunic, its surface covered with cross-hatching suggesting mail. In proportion to the body, both the arms and the angled feet are thinly depicted. The right arm is close to the body with the elbow bent and the hand on the hilt of a sword worn at the waist. In the left hand is a spear, pointing upwards. The wolf-head is worn, but the open mouth, with sharp triangular teeth and a large annular eye are clearly visible. The reverse of the die is plain and rough-cast. The length is 56.2mm, the maximum width is 30.9mm, the thickness is 3.3mm and the weight is 22.93g.

An account of this important object by Dr Kevin Leahy will be included in the journal Medieval Archaeology vol. XLX 2006.


This record appears to be of the same object as CAM-5045A6.

Class: Pressblech

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Date from: Circa AD 600
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56.2 mm
Width: 30.9 mm
Thickness: 3.3 mm
Weight: 22.93 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st April 2006

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM10430

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: South Cambridgeshire (District)
To be known as: Fen Drayton

Spatial coordinates

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

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Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 16 years ago
Updated: 10 years ago

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