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Unique ID: SF-5C8E69

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A cast copper-alloy mount of Medieval date. It has a dome-shaped sub-circular plate and is of seemingly zoomorphic form. The front face has incised, cross-hatched decoration covering the upper half, presumably representative of hair. This terminates with short transverse notches and slightly projecting triangular ears at each side of the plate. Beneath the ears are two large circular eyes followed by a projecting rectangular snout with transverse groove at its base suggestive of an open mouth. At the centre of the mount is a single rivet hole holding in place a separately cast copper-alloy cylindrical rivet with flattened heads. The concave back face is undecorated. The entire object measures 14.87mm in length, 12.67mm in width, 4.57mm in thickness and 2.47g in weight.

This is a decorative mount of probable zoomorphic form. Similar examples have been recorded through the PAS and variously interpreted as stylised dogs, bears or hedgehogs (e.g. LEIC-8C29A7, WILT-40B002, SWYOR-E98154, BH-3B5EC2 or BH-F28767), as well as from Meols (Griffiths et al. 2007: 119). It is of Medieval date, c.14th-15th centuries AD.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 14.87 mm
Width: 12.67 mm
Thickness: 4.57 mm
Weight: 2.47 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014

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: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: Westley

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

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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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