YORYM-E60C83: Early-Medieval : Disc Brooch

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Unique ID: YORYM-E60C83

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An incomplete copper alloy disc brooch of Early Anglo-Saxon date. The brooch is flat and circular though a small part of the edge has been lost to an old worn break. Faint traces of incised decoration around the edge of the upper surfaces are visible, though are too worn to be determined adequately for descriptive purposes. It is likely to have featured the ring-and-dot motif common on such object types of this period.

On the reverse of the brooch the remains of a catchplate and double pin bar lug remain at opposing points. The double lug comprises two semi-circular perforated projections with an axis bar around which a pin is looped. Both pin and bar appear to be of copper alloy. The pin is bent out of shape and terminates in a sharp break.

The metal has a mid-to dark green patina and is worn. The brooch is 35.9mm in diameter, 6.9mm thick (maximum including lugs and catchplate), 1.3mm thick (minimum) and weighs 8.9g.

Similar examples have been recorded on the PAS database, such as BERK-9E9A67, WILT-99A47B and BH-2C08FD. The latter record states that it is likely these brooches are "an insular Anglo-Saxon development, with the majority having been found south of a line connecting the Severn and the Wash, with a concentration in the Upper Thames valley, where they may have been produced". This brooch, however, differs in that its pin bar and pin are copper alloy; on an Anglo-Saxon disc brooch they are almost always both of iron.

Class: disc

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 6.9 mm
Weight: 8.9 g
Diameter: 35.9 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E04620

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Bainton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9553
Four figure Latitude: 53.96436376
Four figure longitude: -0.55343494
1:25K map: SE9553
1:10K map: SE95SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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