SF6475: Early-medieval cruciform brooch knob

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BROOCH

Unique ID: SF6475

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Side knob from a cruciform brooch, made of solid copper alloy. It is U-shaped, with one rounded and one straight end, and half-round (but tending to biconvex) in cross-section with a low rounded undecorated reverse and a more steeply rounded front. The front is decorated with a central waist, below which there are two transverse grooves before the straight end; the grooves are worn away in the centre. The straight edge has a groove cut into it for attachment to the headplate, and one end of the iron pin bar which passes right through the knob. Above the central waist is a single transverse groove, again worn away in the middle. The rounded end has no further decoration, and at the very end the iron pin bar emerges. The knob is 12 mm long, 9.5 mm wide and 7 mm thick. It was used to hold the pin bar onto the brooch, is early Anglo-Saxon and dates from the late 5th or 6th century.

Notes:

Possibly a detached knob from the same brooch as nearby fragments SF684 and SF1362.

Class: cruciform

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 475
Date to: AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 12 mm
Width: 9.5 mm
Thickness: 7 mm
Weight: 3.75 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st May 2001

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: FRK066

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

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 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.

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Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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