SF-93D3D0: buckle frame

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Unique ID: SF-93D3D0

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper alloy buckle frame dating to the early-medieval or medieval period. The bar is narrowed but not offset, with a circular, faceted cross-section. The rest of the frame has a slightly rounded upper surface with a flat reverse. It is D-shaped, with a notched protrusion at the mid-point of the outside edge, where a pin could rest, and two notched protrusions on the exterior edge, on on the top and one on the bottom, close to the junction of the loop with the bar.

The metal is worn and corroded, so details of decoration are obscured, but all around the upper surface of the buckle there are large circular ring-and-dot motifs of which nine can be seen clearly. The buckle frame measures 25.43mm in length, 30.31mm in width, 4.45mm in thickness and weighs 8.86g.

The shape of this buckle frame is ultimately derived from Ringerike-style animal heads seen in profile; compare BH-82CF20. The Ringerike style is characteristic of the 11th century, but as another parallel was excavated from a 12th- or 13th-century context in Norwich (Margeson 1993, no. 128) it is likely that these buckles stayed in use into the 12th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.43 mm
Width: 30.31 mm
Thickness: 4.45 mm
Weight: 8.86 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st October 2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Jane Carr
Identified by: Mrs Jane Carr

Other reference numbers

Other reference: finder's ref.66

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: Brockley

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 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: SF
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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