YORYM-507065: Early-Medieval : Annular brooch

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Unique ID: YORYM-507065

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete copper alloy brooch of early Early-Medieval date. The brooch is annular with a narrow D-shaped section which flattens at opposing points on the frame to form integral decorative conjoined zoomorphic heads. One pair is in the form of open-mouthed beasts with ring-and-dot motifs representing eyes. A narrowed bar joins both beast's mouths and acts as a constriction for the pin. The opposite portion of the frame is in the form of birds' heads with long curved beaks delineated by incised lines. The eyes are also marked with ring and dot designs. Triple-banded circumferential collars are present where each of the four heads widens to the frame proper. The frame appears otherwise undecorated. The reverse is flat and undecorated.

A circular-sectioned copper-alloy pin remains looped around the constriction in the frame and is also decorated with a triple-banded circumferential collar at the close of the loop.

The metal has a mid-green patina and is worn. The brooch is 26mm in diameter, 2.9mm wide, 2.3mm thick and weighs 2.7g.

The Style II animal heads date this brooch broadly to the 7th century AD.

Class: Annular

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 600
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 2.9 mm
Thickness: 2.3 mm
Weight: 2.7 g
Diameter: 26 mm

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E04622

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

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: Brantingham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9327
Four figure Latitude: 53.73111292
Four figure longitude: -0.59177248
1:25K map: SE9327
1:10K map: SE92NW
Grid reference source: From 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

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Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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