WMID-E6951A: Early Medieval: Strap End (Thomas Class A Type 2)

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STRAP END

Unique ID: WMID-E6951A

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper alloy Strap End of the Early Medieval Period, dating to AD 800 - AD 900.

The strap end is sub triangular in shape and rectangular in cross section, there is a section at the top which splits into a 'V' shape. The top of the object has been broken, presumed in antiquity. The obverse shows two possible sections of engraved design all of which has been surrounded by a border edging the whole decoration. The first section of decoration comprises of a circle with an inverted raised chevron with a narrower one depressed next to it - the remnants of what could be a cross, two curved incisd lines form the border that splits one decorated section from the other. Below that is a section of incised lines and curves forming interlaced, knotwork which forms the main section of decoration on this piece. At the tip of the strap end there is a ridge just below where the decoration ends in an incised line making up the border. Below that the object tapers to a rounded point, there is some damage to the very end of the object. The reverse is plain and undecorated.

The object measures 29.3 mm in length and is 8.7 mm wide at the top and 4.6 mm wide at the tip. It has a thickness of 1.9 mm and weighs 1.8 g.

The object is a dark green to brown in colour and has an even patina. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail. Other examples of this type of object have been noted by Thomas (2003), pg 3, Fig 5 - 7 and can be found on the database, including: WMID-2D6997 (similar example), WMID-85D912 and WMID-FF7050.

Reference:
Thomas, G. (2003), 'Late Anglo Saxon and Viking Age strap ends 750 - 1100: Part 1', Datasheet 32, Finds Research Group AD 700 - 1700.

Class: Thomas Class A, Type 2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.3 mm
Width: 8.7 mm
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 1.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2013 - Tuesday 31st December 2013

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Worfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO7897
Four figure Latitude: 52.57037352
Four figure longitude: -2.32602822
1:25K map: SO7897
1:10K map: SO79NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out detecting

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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