BERK-9B6095: Early-medieval brooch: Bird brooch

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Unique ID: BERK-9B6095

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An incomplete copper alloy zoomorphic plate brooch dating to the early medieval / Anglo-Saxon period, c. AD 400-600. The brooch is in the form of a bird facing right with wings folded. The head and front legs of the bird are quite worn, and apart from being tinned or silvered, it has not other decoration. On the reverse of the brooch is the remains of the pin hinge lug and catchplate; there is a mass of iron corrosion from the now absent iron pin. Similar brooches have been recorded on this database including KENT-C0D077, IOW-1F2664 and BUC-0EC715.

According to MacGregor and Bolick (1993, 154) bird brooches are not common in Anglo-Saxon England, and even on the continent a more predatory form of bird is generally represented. A brooch in the Ashmolean from Fairford in Gloucestershire (MacGregor and Bolick 1993, 154, no. 22.1) and two from Chessel Down on the Isle of Wight (Arnold 1980, 57) are of similar form and design to this brooch.

Class: bird

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 400
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30 mm
Height: 21.95 mm
Thickness: 6.4 mm
Weight: 6 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2014.808

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Welford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3973
Four figure Latitude: 51.45464402
Four figure longitude: -1.44010537
1:25K map: SU3973
1:10K map: SU37SE
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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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