SF-B766A7: Early-Medieval/Anglo-Saxon Hines Class B12 Wrist Clasp

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SLEEVE CLASP

Unique ID: SF-B766A7

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An incomplete cast copper alloy sleeve or wrist clasp of Early-Medieval/Anglo-Saxon date belonging to Hines' Class B12 (Hines, 1993: 46-49, especially fig. 90f). This fragment is the incomplete hook piece of the clasp and is missing the hook itself due to old breaks. It comprises a flat rectangular cast bar alone that is rectangular in section with square terminals at each end and a raised rectangular central panel. Separating the three panels are short sections of the bar decorated with three moulded transverse grooves and ridges. Each of the terminals has an integral semi-circular sewing lug projecting from the inner edge, and from the central panel projects a recessed but large integral triangular plate or spiggot. The front face of the clasp is decorated with punched annulet/circle decoration. Each of the square terminals and the central plate have circles in each corner and a single punched circle at the centre. The projecting spiggot also has a border of punched circles. The back face is flat and undecorated, however there are traces of a white metal solder towards the front of the clasp indicating attachment of a separate and now missing hook. The entire object measures 35.38mm in length, 17.86mm in width, 2.84mm in thickness, and weighs 4.71g. This is one half of an Anglo-Saxon wrist clasp belonging in Hines' Class B12, which is characterised by the presence of a simple rectangular bar alone with projecting sewing lugs and spiggot. A close parallel with similar triangular spiggot is provided by an example from Lincolnshire (Hines, 1993: fig. 90f). This group of clasps is concentrated in and around East Anglia and is generally dated to the 6th century AD.

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.38 mm
Width: 17.86 mm
Thickness: 2.84 mm
Weight: 4.71 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st March 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: Tuesday 7th April 2009
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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