SUSS-39BEF3: Unidentified object

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Unique ID: SUSS-39BEF3

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

An object of unknown purpose, made of wrought iron and copper alloy. It consists of a circular iron plate, with a trapezoidal raised area, from which spring two loops. Through these loops passes an iron bar, which stops short of the edge of the plate on one side. On the other side, it bends away from the plate, but is broken off at this bend. The round plate is riveted to a copper alloy boss, shaped like a miniature shield boss; the three rivets are copper alloy. The ironwork is heavy and crude, and very heavily concreted. The copper alloy is better preserved, with a rough texture and light greyish-green colour, with small patches of reddish brown. The rivet heads seem to be shaped like roses. Clearly the copper alloy component is decorative, and would once have been shiny gold in appearance. It is possible that the iron plate once extended further outwards; the heavy corrosion makes it hard to tell. The item could have incorporated a layer of wood or leather. It seems that it was originally intended to swivel on the iron bar. The style of the rivets suggests a Medieval or later date. The robust nature of the find hints perhaps at horse harness, or some other similar heavy equipment.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 29.07 mm
Weight: 38.56 g
Diameter: 47.31 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st May 2003

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Dominic ANDREWS
Identified by: Mr Dominic ANDREWS

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Secondary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Multiple
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Wealden (District)
Parish or ward: Arlington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ5509
Four figure Latitude: 50.859742
Four figure longitude: 0.200976
1:25K map: TQ5509
1:10K map: TQ50NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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