IOW-B3C471: Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) Small Radiate-headed Brooch

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Unique ID: IOW-B3C471

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) copper-alloy small radiate-headed brooch (c. 500-c. 600). The pin and the lower part of the foot are missing.

The brooch has a semi-circular head plate engraved with an arc of chip-carved zig-zag ornament within a continuous grooved border. However, due to corrosion, only the lower part of the border has survived. The head-plate has three small pointed protrusions or knobs, one at the top and one at each lower side. The parallel-sided bow is slightly arched in side view, convex at the front and flat at the rear. The front of the bow is corroded but seems to have had two vertical grooves running down the centre. These can be seen at the top and bottom. The parallel-sided foot is chip-carved and forms basketwork-like decoration of vertical and shorter horizontal lines. At the rear of the head-plate a single 'D'-shaped pin-lug has an iron axis bar with iron corrosion to each side of the lug. To the rear of the foot a catch-plate is triangular in side view.

The brooch is corroded and has gilding at the front only.

Length: 25.6mm; width of head-plate: 16.0mm; depth of head-plate: 10.7mm; length of bow: c. 11.0mm; width of bow: 5.2mm; thickness of bow: 1.6mm; length of pin-lug: 4.6mm; width of pin-lug: 1.7mm; thickness of pin-lug: c. 5.3mm; length of catch-plate: 4.4mm; width of catch-plate: 3.5mm; thickness of catch-plate: 1.0mm; overall thickness including pin-lug: 7.8mm. Weight: 2.24g.

There is no evidence for melting or burning.

A similar brooch from Chatham Lines, Kent has been published (MacGregor and Bolick 1993: 149, ref: 16.5).

Compare with IOW-273A25 and KENT-CC01C4. Also compare a similar brooch excavated excavated in 1994 at Buckland Dover in Kent (grave 102; Brugmann in Parfitt and Anderson 2012, 80, fig. 10.20).

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: radiate headed

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 570

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.6 mm
Width: 16 mm
Thickness: 7.8 mm
Weight: 2.24 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 17th June 2017 - Saturday 17th June 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2017-3-84

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

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
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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