SUSS-D5130A: Medieval Seal Matrix

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Unique ID: SUSS-D5130A

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Approximately one-third of a very large cast copper-alloy Medieval vesica-shaped seal matrix, probably of ecclesiastical association, dating to the 14th century AD. The remains of the seal consist of the upper portion of the vesica face, including the upper portion of a possible fleur-de-lis, a decorated perimeter edge outside and inside the legend space and the remains of a portion of the legend reading: [S'R]OGERI: DE(C/G?)A(N/T?)[...]. The reverse is plain and undecorated, save for the circular suspension loop at the upper apex of the vesica and its subsequent raised vertical rib running down the centre of the seal. The seal matrix is of an overall grey-green colour with some patches of rougher texture and lighter green copper-alloy corrosion. The seal matrix has been purposefully broken, with a very flat regular edge of breakage perpendicular to the outer face of the seal. The fragment measures 24.85 mm long, 35.18 mm wide, 6.17 mm thick and weighs 20 grams.

Discussion: It appears that unlike most examples of seal matrices, the suspension loop is positioned at the 6 o'clock position and effectively the bottom of the seal matrix, rather than the top. This means that the seal likely reads 'The Seal of Roger of (town)' or 'The Seal of ____, son of Roger of (town)'. Due to the missing segments of the seal and its legend, it is unclear which option is more likely.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Inscription: [...]ROGERI:DE CAN?[...]

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.85 mm
Width: 35.18 mm
Thickness: 6.17 mm
Weight: 20 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 24th March 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Stephanie Smith
Identified by: Miss Stephanie Smith

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Ashford (District)
Parish or ward: Tenterden (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ8832
Four figure Latitude: 51.05656244
Four figure longitude: 0.68123559
1:25K map: TQ8832
1:10K map: TQ83SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

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

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