YORYM-285423: Early-medieval : Brooch

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Unique ID: YORYM-285423

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A very fine and elaborate copper alloy, cast openwork disc brooch, Anglo-Saxon in date and cultural association. Brooches of this type tend to date to the 6th - 7th Century and are often found in burial contexts or in areas where inhumations are known.

The brooch has a backwards swastika design, achieved through the removal of four T-shaped sections, forming the openwork design. The front is decorated with five circular stamps, comprising of a dot within two concentric circles. One stamp is in the centre of the brooch, with the other four located at the end of each arm where it meets the brooch frame. The frame has a wide circular border, which is flat and albeit for the ring and dot motifs is undecorated.

The patina survives in a very good condition, it is a light greyish-green colour and slightly pitted. The brooch is in a good condition but is slightly bent towards the outer. The pin is missing, however the catchplate survives intact and a single lug survives, seemingly intact. It is pierced and contains corroded iron.

A parallel can be seen in LEIC-F79EA1 and dates to the Anglo Saxon period. This type of brooch is more akin to brooches from the South and East of England.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Class: openwork disc

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.6 mm
Weight: 21.1 g
Diameter: 51.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st June 2010

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Katie Marsden
Identified by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Openwork
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: York (Unitary Authority)
District: York (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: NABURN

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

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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