SOMDOR-EB4897: Early Medieval Saucer Brooch

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Unique ID: SOMDOR-EB4897

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast and chip-carved gilded copper alloy and iron saucer brooch of early Anglo-Saxon date. The brooch measures 32.2mm in diameter, it is 4mm thick and weighs 11.4g. The upper edge is damaged and only the corroded stub of the iron pin remains. The gilded interior is decorated with a chip-carved motif consisting of a cross with double spirals at the ends of the arms (a floriate cross) and a pellet in each angle. The cross sits with within a circular border. Floriate crosses are seen on only c. 3% of saucer brooches (Dickinson 1993, p. 22).

Find of note status

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

Class: cast saucer
Sub class: floriate cross

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 11.4 g
Diameter: 32.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 17th February 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne
Identified by: Dr Naomi Payne

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 021365

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
To be known as: Puddletown

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOMDOR
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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