WMID-702904: Possibly Roman: Unidentified artefact

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Unique ID: WMID-702904

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Fragment from the foot of a copper alloy cruciform brooch. The lower section of the object is in the form of an animal's head with half-round nostrils at its distal end above which are two lateral projections representing the brow. A small projection between the nostrils may represent the remains of a loop for a spangle. The upper part of the foot has faceted sides and some, incised, transverse mouldings. On the brooch's underside is a longitudinal rib representing the catch plate.

The fragment measures 39.1 mm in length, 7.5 mm wide and 6.0 mm thick. It weighs 4.0 g.

The artefact is a mid to dark green colour, with an even surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough soil, has resulted in a loss of some of the original surface detail.

Class: Cruciform
Sub class: Aberg Group II

Subsequent actions

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 430
Date to: Circa AD 470

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 39.1 mm
Width: 7.5 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014 - Wednesday 31st December 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Dr Andrew Rogerson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Ryedale (District)
Parish or ward: Sherburn (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9577
Four figure Latitude: 54.17999563
Four figure longitude: -0.54591955
1:25K map: SE9577
1:10K map: SE97NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: found whilst out metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Updated: 3 years ago

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