SUSS-040CE0: Early Medieval ansate brooch

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Unique ID: SUSS-040CE0

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Middle or late Anglo-Saxon cast copper-alloy ansate brooch. The brooch is rectangular with decoration dividing the strip into four relatively even panels. There are flat panels at either end and the centre two rise at 45 degrees to meet at 90 degrees in the centre. Each panel is decorated on the front with a raised rectangle surrounded by a border of square pellets. There is an additional thin plain border around the entire front and across the centre. On the sides, at the corners between each panel are projecting rounded knops. The end two panels are slightly trapezoid with wider terminals, narrowing towards the centre of the brooch. The back is plain with a rectangular catch-plate, the tip of which is bent over 180 degrees, at one end. At the opposite end are the remains of double rectangular lugs to hold a pin, the piercings at the top of the lugs are broken with old breaks and the pin is missing. It is 44.7mm long and 13.6mm wide, the plate is 1.9mm thick and it is 16.0mm thick in total including the bend and catch-plate; it weighs 7.72 grams.

This brooch belongs to Weetch's type XI.B, and Thorle's group X1 B2. There are close parallels from Domburg on the continent and also a similar fragmentary example is known from Thelnetham 016, in Suffolk. It dates to c.800-1000 AD.


Part of a large collection found over a period of about 30 years.

Included in Weetch 2013 as catalogue no. 1315.

Class: ansate
Sub class: Weetch type XI.B


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 44.7 mm
Width: 13.6 mm
Thickness: 16 mm
Weight: 7.72 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 9th November 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Miss Faye Minter

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Lewes (District)
To be known as: Lewes

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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