LON-579AB1: Probably Early Medieval (Viking) gold ingot/hack gold

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Unique ID: LON-579AB1

Object type certainty: Certain
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A possible Early Medieval (Viking) gold ingot/hack gold, dated to the mid 9th to mid 11th Centuries, AD850-1050. The ingot is roughly sub-rectangular in shape with one end rounded and the other, flat. There is a flattened facet on the upper and lower edges towards the flat end. Along one side edge there are approximately 7 small, irregular, pointed spurs. The surface is mostly smooth but there are areas that are rough (bubbled appearance) and irregular.

Dimensions: length: 27.89mm; width: 7.50mm; thickness: 4.77mm; weight: 9.33g.

A similar object is recorded on the PAS database: DENO-938F91, 2012T108, although there was evidence of a smooth slice or hack that is not obvious on LON-579AB1. Gold ingots are traditionally difficult to date out of context but they are often attributed to a Viking date. The Vikings had a bullion economy where the purity and weight of the metal were more important than the form. Although this bullion economy primarily utilised silver it did also include gold.

As the ingot is more than 10% gold and more than 300 years old, it fulfils the requirements of the 1996 Treasure Act.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T467


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Viking style
Date from: Circa AD 850
Date to: Circa AD 1050

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.89 mm
Width: 7.5 mm
Thickness: 4.77 mm
Weight: 9.33 g

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T467

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Epping Forest (District)
Parish or ward: Moreton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL5406
Four figure Latitude: 51.73156421
Four figure longitude: 0.22859613
1:25K map: TL5406
1:10K map: TL50NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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