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SF-0E9368: SF-0E9368: Early medieval hooked tag

Rights Holder: Suffolk County Council
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Unique ID: SF-0E9368

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

A complete copper alloy early medieval (Anglo-Saxon) hooked clasp. The attachment plate is roughly triangular in shape with two v-shaped notches removed from the centre of each side dividing it into two sections. The outer face of the plate is decorated with lines of small engraved parallel nicks - a pair across the outer end and another pair in a v-shape across the lower end. There are three small circular holes through the centre of the plate, arranged in a triangle - two above and one below. A sharp hook extends from the lower end, curving round to the reverse. It survives in fine condition with a dark green patina.

The clasp belongs to Read's (2008, 21) early medieval Class B and can probably be placed within his Type I ('triangular/sub-triangular'). Read (ibid.) dates Class B to the c.8th to early 12th century AD.

Length: 18.86mm, width: 12.10mm, thickness: 0.71mm, weight: 0.42g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 1150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18.86 mm
Width: 12.1 mm
Thickness: 0.71 mm
Weight: 0.42 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st February 2017

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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