SF-0646A8: Early Medieval Circular Gold Pendant

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Unique ID: SF-0646A8

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An openwork circular gold pendant. It is made from four concentric rings of beaded wire, 0.5mm thick, joined to form a 3mm wide band. A suspension loop of sheet gold has one end attached between the outer two rings, folded over to form a 3mm high loop and is joined to the other face at the same point but less securely. The loop has three longitudinal ribs. The outer edge of the pendant is worn on both sides of the loop and around one side of the pendant. The main body is slightly bent. The diameter of the pendant is 11mm and of the central opening 5mm, the height including the suspension loop is 14.3mm.

The closest parallel to this pendant comes from a 7th-century grave 391B at Buckland Dover, Kent (Parfitt and Anderson 2012), which is made from three concentric rings of beaded gold wire. A similar simple ring pendant is recorded on the PAS database from Ramsgate in Kent (KENT-F5A964) although in this case the pendant is made from a single coiled piece of beaded wire rather than four concentric rings. Openwork gold pendants are more often made with with a central cross motif, giving a wheel shape (eg MacGregor & Bolick 1993, 162 no 25.1, from Faversham). Circular pendants also often have a central gem and backing plate but there is no trace of that in this case. The date is likely to be late 6th or 7th century.

The precious metal content of this pendant fulfils the requirements of the Treasure Act in that it is greater than 10 %.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Woodbridge Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2008T409


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: AD 575
Date to: AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 14.3 mm
Thickness: 0.5 mm
Weight: 0.89 g
Diameter: 11 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 28th June 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Judith Plouviez
Identified by: Judith Plouviez

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2008T409

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: South East Suffolk

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Woodbridge Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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