YORYM-06B5C2: Early-medieval : Mount

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Unique ID: YORYM-06B5C2

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Terminal from a copper-alloy penannular brooch of early-medieval date and Irish origin. A short length of the curved frame survives, with a D-shaped cross-section, and there is a thickening where this joins the terminal.

The terminal is sub-triangular and decorated with a shallow cast relief design. The fragment is corroded so that it is hard to see the details of the design, but it appears to be formed around a sunken lozenge shape within an oval frame with D-shaped cells around the edge of this frame, two above and one below. The edges appear either wavy or incomplete; all edges are well worn.

The reverse is flat and undecorated, but there are three shallow depressions on the reverse, which correspond to three of the four locations of the D-shaped cells on the front.They may once have been openwork holes but are now blocked with corrosion. The metal is a mid silvery-grey colour, suggesting that the copper alloy has a high tin content, or it has in fact been tinned.

Niamh Whitfield has seen an image of this object and confirmed that it is an Irish penannular brooch of the 8th or 9th century AD.

Class: penannular

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Ascribed Culture: Irish
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21.8 mm
Width: 26.3 mm
Thickness: 3.4 mm
Weight: 3.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 2nd January 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Identified by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Secondary identifier: Dr Niamh Whitfield

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Yapham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 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: 7 months ago

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