BERK-8CE912: Early-medieval die: Pressblech die

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Unique ID: BERK-8CE912

Object type certainty: Certain
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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.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 600
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.5 mm
Width: 9.91 mm
Weight: 3.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 2009 - Wednesday 18th May 2011

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2011.078

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Boxford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

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.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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