SF-E14483: Incomplete Anglo-Saxon disc brooch of 5th or 6th century date

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Unique ID: SF-E14483

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete cast copper-alloy disc brooch of probable Anglo-Saxon attribution dating to the Early Medieval period, c. 450-550 AD. Part of the body and the pin are now missing in old damage, though otherwise it is preserved intact. It is flat and was originally circular, its outer face decorated with a border of stamped ring-and-dot motifs; towards one edge, the surrounding rings have worn away. Other dot punchmarks, possibly originally ring-and-dot motifs, are also stamped across the middle of the brooch in a roughly cruciform pattern.

On the rear face of the object, the catchplate and double-lugged pin attachment mechanism survive intact, the latter somewhat obscured by a mass of ferrous corrosion product which probably represents the original pin. Preserved in fair condition with a dark green patina, it survives to a diameter of 32.36mm, 8.26mm in thickness where the catchplate projects from the back of the brooch, and weighs 8.54g.

A number of similar disc brooches with similar motifs are illustrated by MacGregor and Bolick (1993), see pp. 64-67. This form is characteristically 5th-6th century. See also a similar brooch recorded on the PAS database from Thelnetham, Suffolk (SF-34FEB7).

Class: disc

Subsequent actions

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 450
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 8.26 mm
Weight: 8.54 g
Diameter: 32.36 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 4th January 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Walsham-le-Willows

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
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Created: About one year ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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