NCL-8E7D13: NCL-8E7D13: Early Medieval Anglo-Saxon small square-headed brooch

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Unique ID: NCL-8E7D13

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An incomplete cast copper-alloy Anglo-Saxon small square-headed brooch with gilding dating c. 475-600.

The brooch has a rectangular head, arched bow, and an incomplete foot that is generally lozenge-shaped in plan. The reverse of the head has a single lug for attachment of a pin, now missing, and an incomplete catchplate is found at the centre on the underside of the foot. The face of the brooch has all its decoration cast integral in relief, and coated with a thick layer of gilding, that has worn in small patches on the most exposed or raised surfaces.

The head has a raised rectangular border that identifies the panel in very high relief, with a more modest raised rectangular border inside it. The bow has a prominent central ridge in higher relief than the three ridges to each side. The ridge of the bow leads directly into a central cruciform border on the foot, which distinguishes four panels. A break just below the centre of the cross-shape has removed the two lower panels and the terminal of the foot, but other than a simple border, the lower panels may not have been decorated. The upper panels below the bow, however, each bear a Style I beast.


The find is exceptional for its completeness and degree of preservation, due in part to the substantial thickness of the gilding. The object has also been found outside the main area of its distribution in the South East of England.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in MedArch

Class: small square headed

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 475
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.83 mm
Width: 17.36 mm
Thickness: 2.99 mm
Weight: 6.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 28th August 2012 - Tuesday 9th October 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Robert Collins
Identified by: Dr Robert Collins

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

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: Skerne and Wansford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA0555
Four figure Latitude: 53.980401
Four figure longitude: -0.400383
1:25K map: TA0555
1:10K map: TA05NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: NCL
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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