WILT-DA9EF7: Early Early-Medieval Small Long Brooch

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Incomplete Early Early-Medieval (Anglo Saxon) copper alloy Small-Long brooch with damaged edges and missing its pin and catchplate. It measures 41.35mm in length and weighs 5.59g. The rectangular head-plate measures 14.84x12.25x1.62mm and is apparently plain (although the edges have lot much of their original patina). The short, highly arched bow is 9.08mm in length, 6.10mm wide and max.4.83mm thick at the centre. The surface is pitted and much patina is lost, although the sides do appear slightly faceted. The foot is expanded with lateral lobes forming a lozenge-shaped field, 15.01mm wide and 1.86mm thick. It tapers to the crescentic terminal, 11.58x7.69x1.09mm. To the reverse of the foot is a square patch of solder, presumably for the missing catchplate. MacGregor and Bollick (1993) comment that normally worn in pairs, the Small-Long brooch is the most modest representative of the Anglo Saxon 'Safety pin brooch' variety. Their distribution extends from East Anglia to Gloucestershire with outliers as far north as Northumberland. They appear early in the 5th century and extend well into the 6th. Cf.MacGregor & Bollick, 1993, p.126, nos. 15.4, 15.5, 15.6.

Class: Small-Long


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Ascribed Culture:
Date from: AD 425
Date to: AD 650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.35 mm
Width: 15.01 mm
Weight: 5.59 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st September 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Charlton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU1255
Four figure Latitude: 51.294006
Four figure longitude: -1.829285
1:25K map: SU1255
1:10K map: SU15NW
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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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