LEIC-8D1AC0: early Medieval copper alloy stirrup strap mount

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STIRRUP

Unique ID: LEIC-8D1AC0

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Late Early Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) copper alloy stirrup strap mount, 41mm long, 43mm wide and 4mm thick with a weight of 15.89grams. The object is triangular in form and rectangular in cross section. It is missing its apex, the present upper edge containing the lower part of a circular fixing hole, so the damage is probably due to wear. Each of its lower corners has a sub rectangular projection whose outer edge is formed of two rounded projections. These correspond to rounded projections on its upper surface, which has a series of linear ridges, 3 or 4 running to down its length. The main body has a slightly raised solid border. Inside this the object is divided into three sections by two vertical ridges. These sections are decorated with a series of short horizontal incisions, which in the central panel, to run to the base, the side ones appear to stop before the circular fixing holes, which are placed in each lower corner. each are filled with iron, the one on the left (as photographed) still has a slight projecting rivet fragment. The reverse of the object is flat and plain, except for iron staining around the fixing holes. It has the scar of a lip sitting across the centre of its base, placed inbetween the projections.

This object was found c.150m away from an identical mount LEIC-8C54F0. It would seem very likely that they formed a pair.

Only a few mounts of this form have been recorded and most have a midlands distribution, with similar examples such as LEIC-AF8883 and SWYOR-918CD4. The most similar to this example is recorded in Williams, D. 'Late Saxon Stirrup Strap mounts', p. 82 eg 379, from Wotton Warwen, Warwickshire. Which shares the same linear decoration on the body and the projections.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: strap mount
Sub class: Williams class A, type 8

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41 mm
Width: 43 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 15.89 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Wendy Scott
Identified by: Wendy Scott

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Hinckley and Bosworth (District)
To be known as: Peckleton

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

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

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