SF4704: Small-Long

Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: SF4704

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Small-long brooch, missing the terminal to the foot. The head consists of a central square plate, decorated with two vertical rows of crescentic stamps which continue the line of the bow edges upwards. The stamp used appears to be rather crude and the rows are irregular. The headplate is worn, and four stamps in each row can clearly be seen, although there are hints of others running right up to the edge of the square plate. On three sides of the square central plate are large flat mushroom-shaped knobs, with cut-out curves making the 'stems'. The total width of the headplate is 40 mm. On the reverse of the headplate is a single pin bar lug blocked with corrosion from the iron pin bar. The bow is only 7 mm wide, and has a flat panel at top and bottom. The top panel has two transverse grooves and the lower panel has a single one. In between, the bow is D-shaped in section with a flat reverse. The foot begins with a flat panel with two transverse grooves at its lower edge. Below this is a short panel with bevelled edges, and then there is a panel with a D-shaped section. This ends in an old break. On the reverse of the surviving part of the foot is a worn catchplate. The foot is only 5 mm wide at the break. Surviving length 62 mm. This is a classic Early Anglo-Saxon object type, occasionally a casual loss but more often deposited in the ground as part of the clothed burial of a woman.

Class: small long

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Ascribed Culture:
Date from: AD 410
Date to: AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 62 mm
Width: 40 mm
Weight: 18.51 g

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
To be known as: NORFOLK MERTON

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

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: SF8200
Object type: BROOCH
Copper-alloy small-long brooch. The end of the foot is missing and the brooch is very abraded. The headplate was probably originally rectang…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: PUBLIC-DFEBE9
Object type: BROOCH
An incomplete cast copper alloy small-long brooch of early Anglo-Saxon date. The head is flat and square or rectangular, with three flat, mus…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: NCL-9F70F4
Object type: BROOCH
A cast copper-alloy cruciform brooch of the Anglo-Saxon tradition, dating to the Early Medieval period, c. 500-600. The brooch is incomple…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 18 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.