IOW-FF9F35: Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) Small-long Brooch

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Unique ID: IOW-FF9F35

Object type certainty: Certain
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The bow of an Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) early cruciform brooch of Åberg's group I or II, or a small-long brooch (c. 475-c. 550)

This bow is sub-rectangular in plan and 'C'-shaped in cross-section. It is convex at the front and concave at the rear At each end there is a flattened area with horizontal grooves and the corners are bevelled/faceted.

The front is plain and green with areas of a darker green patina. The rear face is mainly covered with light green corrosion products. The breaks are old.

Height: 40.0mm; width: 15.1mm; thickness: 7.1mm. Weight: 11.01g.

Compare with published brooches (MacGregor and Bolick 1993: 124-147).

MacGregor, A and Bolick, E. 1993. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections in the Ashmolean Museum. British Archaeological Reports (British Series) 230.


Barry Ager, The British Museum, has commented: 'It could be the bow from either an early cruciform brooch of Åberg's group I or II, or a small-long brooch. But date: around late 5th - mid-6th century, whichever' (pers comm. Barry Ager, 4/8/2015.

Class: Small long brooch

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 475
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 40 mm
Width: 15.1 mm
Thickness: 7.1 mm
Weight: 11.01 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 22nd July 2015 - Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford
Secondary identifier: Mr Barry Ager

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2015-7-109

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

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: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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