SF-AED017: Unidentified object

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Unique ID: SF-AED017

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

The fragment is in the form of a rectangular bar, broken at one end and hammered flat at the other; length, 16 mm; width, 9 mm; thickness, 5 mm. It is decorated with alternating yellow and pale gold overlays with double rows of irregular lozenges of black niello on the top and sides. The underneath is undecorated. The top and sides have been hammered, which has burred the edges underneath. It is uncertain what the fragment may be from, but it is possibly from a bracelet.

Jewellery and other fine metalwork in gold decorated with niello are typical of the late Anglo-Saxon period, particularly of the 9th century. The fragment would therefore qualify as Treasure under two of the stipulated criteria of the Treasure Act: it is more than 300 years old and the precious metal content exceeds 10%.

Metal analysis conducted at the British Museum indicated an approximate gold content for the fragment of 60% at the surface and 38% in the body; it weighs 4.28 grams.

Examined and described under the Treasure Act by: B M Ager, Curator, Department of Prehistory & Europe, British Museum, 25 May 2004.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17 mm
Width: 7 mm
Thickness: 3.6 mm
Weight: 4.28 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 27th March 2004

Personal details

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Identified by: Miss Faye Minter
Secondary identifier: Mr Barry Ager

Other reference numbers

Other reference: BM Treasure ref: 2004/T136

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold

Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Near Woodbridge

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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