YORYM-D23B76: Early Medieval : Strap End

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STRAP END

Unique ID: YORYM-D23B76

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A complete cast copper alloy strap end of Early Medieval date. The strap end is of Thomas' Class A, Type 1 with zoomorphic terminal and Trewhiddle decoration. The strap end is a pointed oval in shape with a zoomorphic terminal at the closed end and a slightly concaved open split terminal with two rivet holes at the attachment end. The strap end is cast in one piece but the attachment end is split into an upper and lower plate to allow the strap material to be fitted. Between the rivet holes on the upper surface is an inverted fan shaped decoration. The zoomorphic terminal is in the form of a forward facing animal head with bulbous protruding eyes, well formed snout and clearly defined curved ears. The central panel bears a chip carved looping beast with open mouth, pointed ears, bifid tail and one visible front leg. The recessed area around this image is filled with an undetermined white material. The reverse is flat and undecorated.
The metal has a dark brown patina and survives in excellent condition. The strap end is 37.1mm long, 11.9mm wide, 2.8mm thick and weighs 5.8g.
Late Anglo Saxon and Viking strap ends have been classified into several types by Thomas with this example fitting into Thomas' Class A, Type 1 dating broadly from the 8th to 9th centuries.

Class: Thomas Class A, Type 1avii

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 750
Date to: Circa AD 950

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.1 mm
Width: 11.9 mm
Thickness: 2.8 mm
Weight: 5.8 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: White metal
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Ryedale (District)
Parish or ward: Levisham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE8389
Four figure Latitude: 54.289895
Four figure longitude: -0.726413
1:25K map: SE8389
1:10K map: SE88NW
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: YORYM
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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