SOM-A7D0D3: Early medieval to Medieval copper alloy strap junction

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Unique ID: SOM-A7D0D3

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An Early Medieval copper alloy strap fitting, probably dating to c. AD 1000-1100. The mount consists of a hollow domed boss with four, roughly equally spaced, irregularly sized lobes projecting from the edge, each deliniated by a raised, transverse collar at the junction between it and the boss and with a drilled perforation. Traces of iron rivets survive in all four lobes. The front of the boss is decorated with a slightly irregular saltire, with two incised lines defining each arm.

Dimensions: length 28.5mm; width 28.2mm; thickness 5.3mm; weight 10.09g.

Read (2001: 16, no. 118) publishes a similar example, suggesting that that it is a 14th c. bookfitting; a broadly comparable probable book fitting is published by Egan (1998: 280, no. 926), found in a context dating to c. AD 1350-1400. If the attribution as a book fitting is accepted it would probably fit into Howsam's (2016: 88) type B.1.2, with excavated examples dating from the 14th c. to early Post-Medieval period. See also: YORYM-881AB1, BH-922C44, NARC-719675. However, none of those examples illustrated by Howsam (ibid: fig. 2-39) closely resemble this example, and its thickness and that it would not lie flat on the book would make this identification unlikely to be correct. A more likely attribution is an an Early-Medieval strap junction, very broadly resembling those objects illustrated by Williams (2007), cf. SUR-77216D, BH-BCC447, see also SOMDOR428, which features zoomorphic decoration.

Class: Junction

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.5 mm
Width: 28.2 mm
Thickness: 5.3 mm
Weight: 10.09 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 30th September 2017 - Saturday 14th October 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019497

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
Parish or ward: Muchelney (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST4324
Four figure Latitude: 51.01254139
Four figure longitude: -2.81389319
1:25K map: ST4324
1:10K map: ST42SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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