SF4148: Great square-headed Brooch

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Unique ID: SF4148

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Fragment of headplate from a fairly small example of a great square-headed brooch, neatly made of copper alloy but with no gilding or silvering, and now with a nice dark greyish-green patina. In the centre (to judge from the placing of the single pin bar lug on the reverse) is a sunken rectangular panel with a counter-relief double spiral, shaped like an S on its side. In the sunken field around the S is some white material. There is a raised border around the sunken field, decorated with double-crescent stamps. Below and to the right of this border (as you look at it) are fairly fresh breaks, so that the bow and the right-hand outer panel are missing. Above is a very slightly raised rectangular field with a border of similar stamps around three sides (not the side next to the central field). The rest of the headplate - the outer panel on the left-hand side - is decorated with a double transverse row of similar stamps close to the top edge, and another close to the bottom edge, dividing off the corners. The pin bar lug on the reverse of the S shape is quite small, and has iron corrosion from the spring. The maximum length of the headplate is 28.5 mm, measured at the extreme left-hand edge; the surviving width is also 28.5 mm, but would originally have been c. 39 mm. The headplate is 1 mm thick. This fragment does not match any of Hines's groups exactly, but in the small size, square central panel and restrained decoration is perhaps closest to group XVII.

Class: great square headed

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Ascribed Culture:
Date from: AD 500
Date to: AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.5 mm
Width: 28.5 mm
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 8.14 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st September 2000

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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: SF
Created: 18 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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