KENT4425: KENT4425: Early Medieval Small Long Brooch, Incomplete

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UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT

Unique ID: KENT4425

Object type certainty: Certain
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Incomplete cast copper alloy Anglo-Saxon artefact. It has been suggested that this is part of a footplate for a small long brooch, however there is no evidence of a catchplate on the reverse. The fragment is almost trefoil in shape, and is decorated with ring and dot punchmarks, one in each of the two lower lobes and the third positioned between them but slightly further. The top lobe has a worn break across half its width and partial circular hole remains. The unbroken edge continues around in a smooth curve until it reaches the break. If a bow was attached to the artefact, it would have been positioned at this point. However, based on the cast edge of the artefact and the extent of the break, the bow would have to of been 4mm or less in width, making the interpretation of the object as a footplate unlikely, especially when compined with the lack of evidence for a pin attachment. In fact, the reverse of this object is completely plain, with no fittings or decoration. This object was originally recorded as a strap end, this could explain the possible round hole in the top lobe, as it could have held a rivet used to attach the artefact to a leather strap or belt. The artefact has a dull green patina, and there is some pitting on the surface revealing a lighter yellow-green colour. The artefact is 23mm long and 21mm wide. The thickness and weight remains unknown. The patina of the artefact and the decoration used dates it to the early Anglo-Saxon period, up to the mid 6th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 23 mm
Width: 21 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st August 2000 - Saturday 14th October 2000

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Richardson
Identified by: Dr Andrew Richardson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration method: Stamped

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ6971
Four figure Latitude: 51.412834
Four figure longitude: 0.428779
1:25K map: TQ6971
1:10K map: TQ67SE
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 16 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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