DOR-18F214: 18F214. Early medieval: Zoomorphic strap end

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Unique ID: DOR-18F214

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete small zoomorphic strap-end made from copper alloy with silver inlay. It has a short split attachment end, missing the front part; the back part is thin and has the remnants of two circular attachment holes, one at each corner. The right corner has been broken off and the hole on the left is broken at the top.

The strap-end tapers and thickens towards the other rounded end. This is cast in the form of a stylised animal head with a snout, protruding round eyes, and rounded ears with central recesses. Above this terminal is a panel of inlaid silver decoration. The decoration is of abstract curlilinear design and is now in poor condition.

The shape and decorative style of this object identify it as a Thomas Class A type 2 strap end (Thomas, G, 2003, "Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age strap-ends 750 - 1100 : Part 1", Finds Research Group Datasheet 33, page 3-4, No.2). Date: Early Medieval, broadly 9th century. Dimensions: 28.20 mm x 10.46 mm x 3.17 mm. Weight: 2.84g.

Class: Thomas Class A, Type 2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: AD 780
Date to: Circa AD 920

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.2 mm
Width: 10.46 mm
Thickness: 3.17 mm
Weight: 2.84 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 7th June 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Identified by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with other or unknown

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: Wednesday 7th November 2007
Updated: Wednesday 26th February 2014

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