SF-4028BA: SF-4028BA: Early medieval disc brooch

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A fragment of a copper alloy early medieval Borre-style disc brooch. Only c.1/4 of the brooch now survives, including part of the curved outer edge and a jagged inner break. A small catch-plate extends towards the edge of the reverse. The edge of a circular recess can be seen in the centre of the outer face, surrounded by relief decoration consisting of double strands forming one corner a central concave sided lozenge, its corners expanding into an asymetrical knot, which appears to be repeated to one side. The surface of the metal is heavily corroded, but the design is still clear. There is a silvery sheen to the metal in places.

This example belongs to the East-Anglian Series of Borre-style disc brooches (the name reflecting the primary area of distribution), which feature ornamentation that drew inspiration from the Scandinavian Borre style (Kershaw 2013, 56-65). The type of ornamentation is difficult to see because of the small size of the fragment, but it appears to be East Anglian Series Type II (ibid., fig.3.19).These Anglo-Scandinavian types appear to post-date late 9th and early 10th century examples with similar decoration found in Scandinavia (ibid., 58), suggesting that most are of a later 10th century date.

Length: 20.31mm, width: 14.19mm, thickness: 4.07mm, weight: 1.57g

Class: East Anglian series

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.31 mm
Width: 14.19 mm
Thickness: 4.07 mm
Weight: 1.57 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st May 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Eyke

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

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