LEIC-9E67F6: Early Medieval copper alloy sword pommel

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Unique ID: LEIC-9E67F6

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Late early medieval copper alloy sword pommel, 54mm long, 26mm high and 18mm wide. The object is in good condition and weighs 59.12grams. The pommel is sub triangular in form with a rounded base and sub rectangular in section. It is a tri-lobed type and is complete. It consists of a central sub hexagonal section which has a rounded upper surface containing a small rectangular hole for the tang. Either side of this is a smaller sub rectangular area, again with a rounded upper surface, and each side termintaes in a sub triangular protrusion. The object has a shiny silver like surface, suggesting a high tin content. The Pommel fits Petersons type L, as the largest number of these types have been found in Scandinavia (K Leahy, pers comm), it can be considered a 'Viking' artefact.

Class: pommel

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Viking
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 54 mm
Width: 26 mm
Thickness: 18 mm
Weight: 59.12 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Wendy Scott
Identified by: Wendy Scott
Secondary identifier: Dr Kevin Leahy

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: East Staffordshire (District)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK2624
Four figure Latitude: 52.812922
Four figure longitude: -1.615696
1:25K map: SK2624
1:10K map: SK22SE
WOEID: 26346143
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: Friday 9th September 2011
Updated: Monday 19th September 2011

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