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BH-CB6CE4: Medieval harness pendant

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Unique ID: BH-CB6CE4

Object type certainty: Certain
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A gilt copper-alloy harness pendant, dating from the Medieval period.

The pendant is of flat section and takes the form of an inverted crescent. A 'V-shaped' arrangement of two pairs of parallel grooves is located central to the upper surface, with two further pairs of grooves either side of this, aligned parallel to the central lines. The loop extends vertically upwards from the centre of the pendant's upper side. Approximately one quarter of the corroded upper surface retains its gilding, with none on the plain reverse.

Width: 33.5mm; height: 25.2mm; thickness: 2.5mm; weight: 4.85g.

The lack of cast decoration and enamelling on this unusually-shaped pendant suggest a likely date of 12th to 13th century (see Ashley 2002: 5).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 25.2 mm
Width: 33.5 mm
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Weight: 4.85 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st September 2013

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 13/100 - 11

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
To be known as: Watlington

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Ashley, S. 2002 Medieval Armorial Horse Furniture in Norfolk Dereham East Anglian Archaeology

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Recording Institution: BH
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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