LON-378897: A Medieval copper alloy mount dating to the 12th century.

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Unique ID: LON-378897

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A Medieval copper alloy mount dating to the 12th century. The mount is flat and tongue-shaped with two bent over integral rivets on the reverse. The front surface is decorated with a zoomorphic pattern depicting two beasts in profile, facing each other creating a symmetrical design. Each beast has its mouth open with a long tongue projecting and the bodies are serpent like with curling tails. There is a thick layer of gilding remaining on the front and side surfaces. There is some damage to the right side and patches of gilding have been abraded. Dimensions: length: 20.86mm; width: 14.35mm; thickness: 2.60mm; weight: 2.58g. Identification by Dr Kevin Leahy, PAS Finds Advisor for Early Medieval artefacts.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1100
Date to: AD 1200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.86 mm
Width: 14.35 mm
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Weight: 2.58 g

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Dr Kevin Leahy
Secondary identifier: Mr Geoff Egan

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dartford (District)
Parish or ward: Southfleet (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ6071
Four figure Latitude: 51.415443
Four figure longitude: 0.299477
1:25K map: TQ6071
1:10K map: TQ67SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Recording Institution: LON
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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