HAMP-7660EC: Late early-medieval/ early medieval prick spur

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Unique ID: HAMP-7660EC

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An incomplete late early-medieval/ early medieval (11th-12th century) prick spur of composite construction, consisting of the copper alloy (damaged) neck and terminal. The neck is circular in cross-section and hollow, measuring 6.1mm in diameter behind the terminal and narrowing to 5.7mm at the other end. It is undecorated and part of the side has broken away; the internal diameter at this point is 3.0mm. From this damaged end extends a wider boss-like element, decorated to the outside with two moulded curves. This is also hollow to the inside. The terminal is quatrefoil in shape (7.9x8.4mm) beyond the neck, and conical in form. It is hollow to the inside, with a 2.9mm diameter hole at its tip. The outside is decorated with four deep grooves, running to the tip from between each 'foil' at the base.
The metal is olive green/ brown in colour, slightly rough to the touch. The object measures 35.1mm in length, 8.4mm in max.width, 7.9mm in max.thickness and weighs 5.16g.
An iron shaft would have run through the centre of the object, projecting to form the goad. Late Saxon or early medieval composite prick spurs are uncommon finds; another recorded on this database is SUR-301C41.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.1 mm
Width: 8.4 mm
Thickness: 7.9 mm
Weight: 5.16 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds
Secondary identifier: Mr David W Williams

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Object Entry Form WINCM 317

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Pangbourne

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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