LIN-F00E1B: Late Saxon/Scandinavian copper alloy disc brooch

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Unique ID: LIN-F00E1B

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Viking cast copper-alloy disc brooch decorated in the Jellinge style. The brooch has a flat back and a domed surface. The surface is decorated with a moulded motif comprising a knot of beaded lines, perhaps imitating filigree. Within and outside the knot are various limbs, tongues, gripping feet, and head lappets.

The whole combines to form a very clear motif consisting of a pair of S-shaped Jellinge-style animals with heads against the edge of the brooch and bodies curving down and around, to end in tails which are wrapped back over the body to end back at the mouth. In the centre is a rounded boss, and the animals each has a spiral shoulder and three-toed triangular feet.

The reverse contains a double pin-lug with traces of corroded iron from the (missing) pin between, with further iron staining close to the catchplate. A third loop is located close to the perimeter, roughly between the catch-plate and the pin-lug.

Similar to NMS-DFD1E7, NMS-A4D637, NMS-799114, and YORYM-25E682. Of Jansson's type I E (Kershaw 2013, 114-6).

The presence of a third loop was believed by Margeson (The Vikings in Norfolk, 1997, p. 21) to be "a sure sign of Scandinavian origin". Brooches of this type are widespread in Scandinavia, with a particular concentration at Birka (near Stockholm, Sweden).


Identification done from photo sent by finder. Object not seen.

Class: Jansson Type I E

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 950

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st March 2014 - Monday 1st December 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: Tetney (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA3101
Four figure Latitude: 53.48940923
Four figure longitude: -0.02700659
1:25K map: TA3101
1:10K map: TA30SW
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: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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