BERK-126B30: Early-medieval hooked tag: Hooked tag

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Unique ID: BERK-126B30

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A complete copper alloy hooked tag dating to the early-medieval period. The hooked tag has a circular plate with two protruding rounded pierced lobes above for attachment. The edge of the plate is decorated with a linear border with multiple transverse lines within, giving the effect of a ladder or rope pattern. Inside the border, the plate is divided into three fields by the same rope or ladder pattern arranged in a Y shape; the fields created by this division are undecorated. The integral hook survives complete; it is bent backwards and tapers to a sharp point. At the top of the hook is a flat trapezoidal plate, below which is a small moulded collar above the hook itself, which immediately starts to taper. The hook is D-shaped in cross-section, being flat on its inside surface. The reverse of the plate is undecorated. This hooked tag can be classified as Read (2008) early-medieval Class E Type 1.

Discussion: Hooked tags were in use from the second half of the 7th to the 11th century AD. They were probably all-purpose fastenings used to secure clothing, purses, etc. There are several well-known and usually well-made silver hooked tags with fields divided by ladder-pattern. The division into three panels was a style in use broadly during the 9th century AD. Parallels in silver include Read (2008) no 129 and stylistically no 113. Most tend to have three fields divided by a Y shape as seen on this example; examples on the PAS database include KENT-E9F568 and CAM-C7ECC4. It is likely that the Wallingford hooked tag copies these silver examples.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: Early-medieval Class E Type 1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.31 mm
Width: 17.07 mm
Thickness: 1.26 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 29th September 2013

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2013.792

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

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

References cited

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Audit data

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

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