BERK-D0201B: Early-medieval brooch: Disc brooch

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Unique ID: BERK-D0201B

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A nearly-complete copper alloy disc brooch of early Anglo-Saxon date. The brooch is in very fine condition, missing only the pin on the reverse. The front of the brooch is decorated Salin's Style II, with an annulet with 'beak' and four bands of interlace. There are three areas with this design, separated by triangular, or 'keystone' cells that are covered with thin silver sheeting. The centre of the brooch has a central pellet around which are two thin circumferential bands joined across their width by four lines, creating four open cell-like features. Around this is a solid circumferential band. The outer edge of the brooch has a raised circumferential band, angain undecorated. The linear and interlace decoration retains traces of gilding. On the reverse of the brooch is the complete hooked catchplate and the lug through which the pin would have been secured. This is now encrusted with iron corrosion, indicating that the pin and possible the rivet were of iron.

Compare LEIC-6554A7, which cites further parallels. They have similarities with jewelled disc brooches of the 6th century AD. Therefore it is likely that this brooch is of a similar date, c. 530-570 AD.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 530
Date to: Circa AD 570

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.26 mm
Weight: 18 g
Diameter: 41.05 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st February 2015 - Wednesday 18th March 2015

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2014.895

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Interlace
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Basingstoke and Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Candovers (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU5940
Four figure Latitude: 51.15622109
Four figure longitude: -1.1577418
1:25K map: SU5940
1:10K map: SU54SE
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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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