SWYOR-89F268: Medieval strap end

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Unique ID: SWYOR-89F268

Object type certainty: Certain
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The terminal from a copper alloy strap end of medieval date, probably AD 1300 - 1400. It consists of a short plate of metal, of sub-rectangular section, terminating in a zoomorphic head, perhaps a dog, with its tongue protruding from its mouth. The tip of the tongue is divided into a cross. The animal head has a clearly modelled snout; oval eyes are formed by angled ridges, further chevron lines represent the hair on the head and there are raised, rounded ears. The head of the animal is twice as wide and thick as the body of the strap end. The body flares slightly towards the attachment end where it is broken. The remaining portion of the strap end is 35.1mm long, 7.1mm wide and 6.1mm thick. It weighs 4.34g.

Compare LVPL-A4FDB2, SWYOR-93D523, and the similarly constructed strap-ends from London (Egan and Pritchard 1991, no. 614, from a late 14th-century context) and Meols (Griffiths et al 2007, 134-135, nos. 1544 and 1545). The style of animal head can also be seen on vessel spouts of this period. A 14th century date seems most likely.

An example is known from Church Close, Hartlepool, there found in a late 14th- to late 15th-century context (Jackson in Daniels 1991, 371-371; fig. 23, no. 22).

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 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.1 mm
Width: 7.1 mm
Thickness: 6.1 mm
Weight: 4.34 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st August 2014 - Sunday 31st August 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jack Volunteer Coulthard
Identified by: Mr Jack Volunteer Coulthard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS 2412

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Selby (District)
Parish or ward: Kellington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5424
Four figure Latitude: 53.70963851
Four figure longitude: -1.18337184
1:25K map: SE5424
1:10K map: SE52SW
Grid reference source: From 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: SWYOR
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: About one month ago

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