SF-92EE26: Brooch

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Unique ID: SF-92EE26

Object type certainty: Probably
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An incomplete cast-in-one copper-alloy middle or late Anglo-Saxon ansate (caterpillar) brooch. One terminal and part of the bow of this brooch now survive, but the rest is missing due to worn breaks. It measures 29.2mm in length and the bow is 14.4mm in width and the rounded terminal 19.5mm in width. The bow is arched and rises away from the terminal at a c. 45 degree angle.

The reverse of this brooch is unusual. Projecting from the centre of the terminal there is a transverse catchplate consisting of an integral loop which has had a slot cut in it, measuring 8mm in width and 9.7mm in height. There are also the remains of another integral incomplete loop, just after the point where the terminal joins the bow, measuring 5.7mm in length and 2mm in width.

Weetch has allocated this brooch to her type II.Ai (ansate brooches with narrow bows and undecorated flat circular or oval terminals) but it also has affinities with type II.C, which has a wide rectangular-section bow and circular or oval terminals). Both types are dated to the 8th to 10th centuries.


Included in Weetch 2013 as catalogue no. 1050.

Class: ansate
Sub class: Weetch type II.Ai

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.2 mm
Width: 19.5 mm
Weight: 12.38 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st December 2003

Personal details

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Identified by: Miss Faye Minter

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)
To be known as: Freckenham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 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: 15 years ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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