SF-4BD9B2: Brooch

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Unique ID: SF-4BD9B2

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

A complete lead late Anglo-Saxon disc brooch in good condition, with only slight damage, now worn around its edges. This brooch measures 25.2mm in diameter and has a slightly domed centre on its front face.

Its front face is decorated with a circle around the domed centre with two concentric circles in the centre of this. There is a cross overlying the domed centre, the outline of which is formed of two parallel lines with small transverse mouldings in between them. The four rounded corners of the cross shape terminate outside the central circle. In between the four corners outside the circle there are curvilinear roughly semi-circular motifs again formed of two lines with small transverse mouldings in between them.

On the back face the integral pin loop and catch plate survive, opposite each other. There are traces of the corroded iron pin within and around the pin loop.

No parallel could be found for the decorative design on this lead disc brooch. There is a possiblity that this is a nummular brooch and the design ultimately derived from a coin but now abstract.

Class: disc

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 900
Date to: AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 8.78 g
Diameter: 25.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st February 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Faye Minter
Identified by: Miss Faye Minter

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
To be known as: Thetford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Built over

References cited

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Recording Institution: SF
Created: Thursday 17th February 2005
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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