SF-77C364: Anglo-Saxon/Early-Medieval small-long brooch

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BROOCH

Unique ID: SF-77C364

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An incomplete cast copper-alloy early Anglo-Saxon small-long brooch. It is missing the pin and most of the foot due to old breaks but is otherwise intact. The headplate is flat and cross-shaped with a central square panel from which extend three 'knobs'. Each knob is flat and T-shaped, with a triangular projection at the centre of each stem, extending to flat, rectangular terminals. There is no evidence for any surviving decoration. On the reverse of the head is an integrally cast single, semi-circular pin lug with central circular perforation. Extending from the base of the headplate is the bow, which is curved, D-shaped in section with flat back face and domed front face. It has flattened rectangular panels at top and bottom, and a central vertical ridge. At the base of the bow extends the start of the flat, rectangular foot, but this is largely incomplete due to old breaks. On the back face of the foot is an integral catchplate, which is rectangular and with curved/folded outer edge intended to accomodate the now-missing pin. Due to the preservation of the object there is no surviving evidence for decoration on the bow or foot. It measures 45.33mm in length, 32.07mm in width at head, 9.41mm in width at bow, 4.52mm in thickness at bow, and 12.76g in weight.

This is an incomplete small-long brooch similar to examples in the Ashmolean (MacGregor and Bolick, 1993: nos. 15.52-53, 57-58). It is of Early Anglo-Saxon date, c.5th-6th centuries AD.

Class: small long

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 45.33 mm
Width: 32.07 mm
Thickness: 4.52 mm
Weight: 12.76 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st October 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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

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Created: 5 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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