LIN-C552C3: Viking copper alloy sword pommel

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SWORD

Unique ID: LIN-C552C3

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper-alloy pommel from a sword. The base of the pommel is curved and it has five curved lobes, increasing in height towards the centre. The central lobe is larger than the four side lobes, and has a rectangular perforation to allow it to fit over the tang of the sword. The perforation is filled with both iron corrosion and a grit deposit. The thickness of the pommel is 3mm. There are no rivets and the pommel was presumably held in place simply by the hammered tang. Late early-medieval pommels (Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian) were last thoroughly studied by Petersen in 1919. This one is a Petersen L type VI pommel, a fusion of Anglo-Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon fashions, and dates to the 10th or 11th century.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: Pommel
Sub class: Petersen L type VI

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55 mm
Width: 31 mm
Thickness: 19 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
Parish or ward: Stapleford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK8757
Four figure Latitude: 53.103114
Four figure longitude: -0.701991
1:25K map: SK8757
1:10K map: SK85NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LIN
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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