NMS-B70221: Anglo Scandanavian bird brooch

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Unique ID: NMS-B70221

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Late Saxon copper alloy bird brooch of Weetch type 30.A, broken across the beak, tip missing. The bird has a triangular tail with a wide transverse moulding at the junction of tail and body, one triangular wing projecting above the back, the other (comma-shaped) lying along the body, and an aperture between the legs which rest on a 'perch'. The face is moulded rather than flat with engraved lines overall representing feathers.

The reverse has the stumps of a single pin lug aligned with the edge and a catchplate set at right angles to the edge slightly squashed onto the plate, a hybrid Anglo-Saxon / Scandinavian arrangement (Kershaw 2013, 23-5, figs. 2.1 and 2.2). Extant length 37mm. Extant height 32mm. 3mm thick. Weighs 9.07g.

Bird brooches of this type are known from Denmark and England and date from the 11th century (Pedersen 1999). Other examples have been recorded in Norfolk at Costessey (HER 5352), Kenninghall (HER 32862), Postwick (HER 31087), Rocklands (HER 34984), East Rudham (HER29031), West Rudham (HER 32133), Sedgeford (HER 51078), Seething (HER 40302), Stoke Holy Cross (HER 24332), Thetford (HER 33933) and Topcroft (HER 39872). This example most clearly resembles the Kenninghall and Sedgeford brooches (the former shown in Pedersen 1999, fig. 19b).

For comparanda on the PAS database, see BERK-CEBC67, BERK-5DED86, NMS-E7F720, SF-BCC403 KENT-9F6987 SUSS-44F203 SF-7B3CA5. Another, rather unconventional, example is at SF-AD5FA7.

Sub class: Weetch type 30.A

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Exactly AD 1000
Date to: Exactly AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37 mm
Width: 32 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 9.07 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 14th February 2017 - Monday 13th March 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Steven Ashley
Identified by: Mr Steven Ashley

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 10762
Other reference: KLMD032017

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: North Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Dunton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF8829
Four figure Latitude: 52.82572905
Four figure longitude: 0.78890582
1:25K map: TF8829
1:10K map: TF82NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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