LVPL-725484: Early Medieval brooch

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Unique ID: LVPL-725484

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An incomplete copper alloy brooch of the cruciform type, dating to the early Anglo-Saxon period, from c. AD 500-550.

The head of the brooch is mostly missing with only a small fragment and one partial wing remaining. From the centre of the lower edge of the headplate a D-sectioned arched bow extends downwards with ridged moulding at each corner. The lower bow is flat and recessed with zoomorphic projections. Each projection is pierced with a circular perforation, one of which is incomplete. Above the perforation they are decorated with moulded linear grooves and an oval groove which may represent an eye. These are possibly intended to represent downwards-looking bird's head lappets.

There are two moulded, transverse ridges at the junction of bow and foot, separated by a groove. Below the ridges is an incomplete zoomorphic head with moulded, ridged eyebrows and prominent rounded eyes. The lower half of the head which would have formed the foot of the brooch is missing due to a recent break.

The rear of the animal head is slightly concave. The catch plate remains in place behind the remaining portion of the bow but is incomplete. The object has a mid-green patina and is in fair condition.

Dimensions: 75mm in length, 35mm in width, 3mm thick, 41.55g

A similar, more complete, example is illustrated in MacGregor and Bolick, A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections, Ashmolean Museum 1993, page 102, number 12.18 and p107, nos 12.30-12.32. Similar examples which have been recorded on the PAS database are SWYOR-07C7B1 YORYM-B2F212 and SF-7EE63C.

Class: cruciform
Sub class: Martin Group 3

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 500
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 75 mm
Width: 35 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 41.55 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st October 2017 - Thursday 2nd November 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
To be known as: Scopwick

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Updated: About one year ago

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