DEV-7FBAA8: Early Medieval brooch

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Unique ID: DEV-7FBAA8

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An Early Medieval copper alloy cruciform or small-long brooch, probably dating to c. AD 450-600. The brooch is amost complete missing only the pin and with the rear edge of the catchplate lost,

The head of the brooch is unelaborated, 8.1mm wide by 7.5mm high. It is decorated with two transverse grooves at its apex and two V-shaped short incised grooves on either edge. A sub-triangular lobe projects from its reverse, the latter is perforated and retains traces of a copper alloy axis bar. The bow expands from below the head in a highly arched curve. The bow is plano-convex in cross-section, 6.5mm wide by 3.9mm thick. Two transverse ridges mark the space immediately below the head, whilst a more extensive ridged area covers the lower bow and continues onto the foot; with three and two ridges respectively. The foot is slightly faceted, with two slightly beveled longitudinal faces flanking a central face, and expands in width to 8.2mm at the terminal. The terminal is deliniated by an incised transverse groove, with two further short v-shaped grooves, one from either edge, below. The bottom of the foot is indented, with a V-shaped indentation creating a bifurcated appearance. An incomplete, sub-trapezoidal catchplate expands from the reverse, surviving to create a maximum thickness of 8.4mm.

Overall dimensions: length 45.5mm; width 8.2mm; thickness 8.4mm; weight 8.84g.

A range of brooches of comparable form are published by MacGregor & Bolick (1993), although none are identical, lacking the typically integral upper knop of cruciform brooches (there is no indication of a break), as well as the flaring foot of long-small brooches. Albeit incomplete, cf. LEIC-ACAD91 on this database.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 45.5 mm
Width: 8.2 mm
Thickness: 8.4 mm
Weight: 8.84 g

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019413

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Test Valley (District)
Parish or ward: Wherwell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3839
Four figure Latitude: 51.14900542
Four figure longitude: -1.45810661
1:25K map: SU3839
1:10K map: SU33NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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