BERK-5B5B94: Unidentified object: Possible harness fitting

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Unique ID: BERK-5B5B94

Object type certainty: Certain
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An unidentified copper alloy object, possibly a large strap fitting or 'terret' ring, of uncertain date. The object is curved in profile, broadly sub-circular to sub-triangular in section with flat back face and with moulded zoomorphic decoration on the front face. At one incomplete end the band/loop has a flattened upper surface causing it to taper towards the old break and giving it a triangular profile. The opposite end expands to a large moulded terminal of zoomorphic form, possibly the head of an animal as seen in some early-medieval and medieval art styles. The decoration comprises what appears to be a prominent central crest, projecting and pointed semi-circular ears, and larger vertical rectangular eyes. Below this head is a flat rectangular projection that extend for some way before it is broken, in a similar fashion to some terret rings or even annular buckles and brooches.

The general appearance of this object suggests potential usage as a strap fitting, loop or terret. Other comparative objects have been recorded on this database, for example: YORYM-A84567, NMS-7F8CD6, ESS-6D4527, SWYOR-B436F5, DENO-5180D8 (for which much survives), SUR-E4F906, HESH-A5C584, SF-A3F064, SF-80DDF3, SWYOR-482DF7, WMID-668E57, NMS-D3DC78 (and references therein); however the complete form and function of this example is also unknown. No other close published parallels have been identified. This might indicate a date range as early as the Roman period for the object, although the style of the animal head suggests a later date of early-medieval to the medieval period.

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: UNKNOWN
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 600
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56.7 mm
Width: 8.1 mm
Thickness: 10.2 mm
Weight: 17.7 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard
Secondary identifier: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2014.945

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Cherwell (District)
Parish or ward: Ardley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP5427
Four figure Latitude: 51.93889275
Four figure longitude: -1.21590213
1:25K map: SP5427
1:10K map: SP52NW
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: About one year ago

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