SF5370: Early-medieval unidentified object

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UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT

Unique ID: SF5370

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Unidentified object made of a lead alloy, with some silvery ?rubbed areas which may possibly be inlaid silver wires. Most of the object is made of very thin sheet, but across the ?top is a chunky lozenge- or pentagonal-section moulding with transverse ribbing on the flat upper face. The sheet then curves down away from this moulding. Running down the sheet perpendicular from the chunky moulding is a narrow moulding which appears to have some slight transverse grooving or ridging at the lower end. This moulding separates two incomplete spirals, or pairs of concentric circles, made from silvery wires or rubbed ridges. The fragment has similarities to scrolled nostrils on horse-head terminals from early Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooches, but the material is unusual and the chunky pentagonal moulding is mysterious. Given that the area appears to have been used as an early Anglo-Saxon cemetery, this date is not unlikely, and so the object has been drawn and photographed.

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21 mm
Width: 20 mm
Weight: 4.03 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st February 2001

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)
To be known as: SUFFOLK FRECKENHAM

Spatial coordinates


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

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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