YORYM-87D051: Early Medieval : brooch

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Unique ID: YORYM-87D051

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Fragment of a copper-alloy early medieval small-long brooch (c. 425 - 600 AD). The fragment consists of the flat square head of the brooch, which would have had arms extending from the sides and the top similar to a cruciform brooch: these have been broken off, leaving a jagged edge. From the bottom of the head, the bow of the brooch curves out and down. The bow is rectangular in section and the back of the bow is concave, while the front is convex. The bow is delineated from the head at the front by a shallow transverse ridge that is accentuated by two parallel grooves running transversally across its top edge, and a further two running across its bottom parameter. An identical ridge and groove boundary is evident at the point where the bow has broken off. On analogy with more complete examples of this brooch type, the extent of the missing part of the bow is confined to the foot only. There is a lug for a pin positioned centrally on the back of the head; this has broken in half, leaving two spurs and a semi-circular gap between them. The pin is missing. The brooch fragment has a won surface with a dark green patina due to corrosion of the copper-alloy. It is 34.57mm in length, 18.57mm at maximum width and 5.26mm in thickness. The weight of the brooch fragment is 5.01g.

For examples of more complete versions see West (1998) A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Material from Suffolk, Figure 47.4; 48.9-13.

Examples from the database include: DENO-8A7E57 and NMS-2ADDC2.

Class: Small-long

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.57 mm
Width: 18.57 mm
Thickness: 5.26 mm
Weight: 5.01 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Lydia Prosser
Identified by: Miss Lydia Prosser

Other reference numbers

Other reference: E05581

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Carnaby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA1465
Four figure Latitude: 54.06833161
Four figure longitude: -0.25946448
1:25K map: TA1465
1:10K map: TA16NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the 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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