ESS-8A8771: Early medieval brooch

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Unique ID: ESS-8A8771

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast copper-alloy square-headed brooch of the small-long variety. Dating to the Early Medieval period, c. 6th - 7th centuries (AD 500 - 700).

The head is square in shape though the lower edge is cut into by the top of the bow, forming two slight flanges on the lower edge of the square head.

The bow is slightly curved and features moulded raised transverse linear ridge decoration of varying thickness, concentrated near the junctures with the head and the foot.

The foot is fan-shaped and flares out from the end of the bow before forming a curving bottom edge.

The back of the square head shows a central tab with a hole through length still visible. This is the remains of the pin mechanism. The catch plate is formed from a rectangular tab attached to the lower portion of the bow which has been bent over to formed a curved portion in which the pin would be secured. The pin is missing.

Dimensions: weight: 15.3g, length: 59.9mm, width: 27.9mm, thickness: 3.2mm

square headed fan tail brooch



Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 59.9 mm
Width: 27.9 mm
Thickness: 3.2 mm
Weight: 15.3 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Sophie Flynn
Identified by: Ms Sophie Flynn

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
Parish or ward: Framlingham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM2865
Four figure Latitude: 52.23594787
Four figure longitude: 1.33770299
1:25K map: TM2865
1:10K map: TM26NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Updated: About one year ago

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