WMID-C9E914: WMID-C9E914: Early-medieval girdle-hanger (photographed upside down)

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Unique ID: WMID-C9E914

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete copper-alloy girdle-hanger, of early Anglo-Saxon date (c. AD 450 to c. AD 570)

The artefact is made from a copper-alloy sheet which has been cut to shape; it is flat (although a little irregular) and 'T'-shaped. The base is longer on the outside than the inside, resulting in sharply angled corners. The shaft is straight, with worn rounded breaks; old breaks are present on the inside edge of the cross bar, preserving tiny stubs of the wards. Both faces are undecorated. The surface of the artefact has an uneven, mid green patina.

Length: 29.27mm. Width: 40.34mm. Thickness: 2.55mm. Weight: 7.0g.

Kathrin Felder (Cambridge University) has seen the image of WMID-C9E914 compared to FAKL-2AD830 (from Boroughbridge, Yorkshire) and has commented that: The rounded bottom corners and especially the inward-bending outer edges (making trapezoidal terminals or at least concave outer edges) are common on girdle-hangers, and all measurements fit perfectly within the usual margins. I would estimate the wards to have been wider than shown on the lower image, and would set the continuation lines a bit closer to the central shank, more like those on the other piece; one edge where it originally curved in I believe is visible on the right-hand side (of the left view).


Thanks are extended to Kathrin Felder (Cambridge University), Helen Geake (NFA Post Roman Artefacts) and Kevin Leahy (NFA Post Roman artefacts) for their comments and help in identifying this artefact.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

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 450
Date to: Circa AD 570

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.27 mm
Width: 40.34 mm
Thickness: 2.55 mm
Weight: 7 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Eloise Markwick
Identified by: Ms Eloise Markwick
Secondary identifier: Kathrin Felder

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Stratford-on-Avon (District)
Parish or ward: Long Itchington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP4065
Four figure Latitude: 52.28169464
Four figure longitude: -1.41508719
1:25K map: SP4065
1:10K map: SP46NW
Grid reference source: From finder
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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