BERK-91C0F5: Early-medieval bridle fitting: Cheek piece

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Unique ID: BERK-91C0F5

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An incomplete cast copper alloy openwork harness fitting, a probable cheek piece from a bridle fitting of the late Early-medieval period (11th century AD). The object is Anglo-Scandinavian in design and is a fragment of a larger fitting. This is likely to be one half of the cheek piece, the other side of the plate was probably symmetrical with a central hole and a projecting arm for the attachment to the leather harness strap (Williams 2007:2). The plate is faintly decorated in what is probably Jelling Style, with a curled beast apparently consuming its own tail. This was a common decorative theme during this period. This example is probably a Williams (2007) Type 1. Similar examples recroded on this database include SF-BC3504, SUSS-2D5753 and ESS-C06D96, BERK-801C92.


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Class: cheekpiece
Sub class: Williams Type 1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40 mm
Width: 26 mm
Weight: 15.15 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 22nd December 2013

Rally details.

This object was found at Metal Detectives at Bolnhurst (nr Wilden), Beds 22.12.13

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2014.190

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Bedford (Unitary Authority)
District: Bedford (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Bolnhurst and Keysoe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL0758
Four figure Latitude: 52.2098423
Four figure longitude: -0.43546528
1:25K map: TL0758
1:10K map: TL05NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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