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Unique ID: BERK-8CE912
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy stamp, possibly a 'Pressblech' die dating to the early 7th century AD. The object is sub-rectangular in plan, expanding slightly from the base up to the rounded top. The face of the object has a narrow band around its external edges which bounds a panel decorated with three double-strand interlaced knot designs. The reverse is undecorated.
Pressblech dies were used to stamp designs onto thin sheets of metal, such as gold and silver foil, which were then used to decorate larger objects. The foils on the Sutton Hoo helmet are an example of this practice.
This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Length: 40.5 mm
Width: 9.91 mm
Weight: 3.8 g
Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 2009 - Wednesday 18th May 2011
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Other reference: 2011.078
4 Figure: SU4272
Four figure Latitude: 51.445439
Four figure longitude: -1.39705
1:25K map: SU4272
1:10K map: SU47SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.
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