BH-B55F03: Early-Medieval to Medieval strap-end (incomplete)

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Unique ID: BH-B55F03

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A copper-alloy strap-end, probably dating from the Early-Medieval to Medieval periods.

The body of the strap-end consists of a cast sphere with a knob projecting downwards from its base, and four other such knobs, equally spaced, forming a horizontal band around its centre. The damaged attachment end comprises two flat plates which project vertically upwards from the body, separated from each other by a 'V-shaped' gap, in which there is a trace of iron corrosion or mineralised leather. The object measures 26.4mm long, up to 19.4mm wide and weighs 6.8g.

Several similar strap-ends have been recorded on the PAS database, the closest parallel being NMS-A59A63, from Burgh Castle, Norfolk. The majority of the PAS examples appear have been found in the north and east of the country: further examples include SF-264006, from Nettlestead, Suffolk; NCL-1D0882, from Ainderby Steeple, North Yorkshire; NMS-F1E456 and NMS-EFA978, from Barton Bendish and Brampton, Norfolk, respectively. With no known examples from excavated contexts, the dating of such artefacts is problematic. Suggested dates for those on PAS range from Late Roman to post-Medieval, although most lean towards a Middle to Late Saxon date. In the case of this particular strap-end, the recorder suggests that the general style and the dull brown appearance of the metal may be indicative of an 11th to 12th century date.

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 1200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26.4 mm
Width: 19.4 mm
Weight: 6.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 24th September 2011

Rally details.

This object was found at Bishop Burton 23rd to 25th Sep 2011

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 12/8 - 3

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Bishop Burton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9740
Four figure Latitude: 53.84719
Four figure longitude: -0.527076
1:25K map: SE9740
1:10K map: SE94SE
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: BH
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 10 years ago

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