KENT-F46F4E: Early-Medieval Buckle (KENT-F46F4Ea)

Rights Holder: Kent County Council
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Unique ID: KENT-F46F4E

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A pair of cast silver buckle loops, found in close association with each other, dating to the late 5th -6th centuries.


Both buckles are D-shaped with a narrowed offset bar for the tongues, now missing. The faces of each buckle are heavily finished and bevelled, leaving them faceted on their outer edges and smooth on the inner surfaces. The smaller of the two buckles (b) is smoother and faceting less obvious than buckle (a). Some iron corrosion is present on both buckles' strap bars, likely due to the attachment of the now missing buckle tongues, a common feature of such buckles. Turquoise copper corrosion is in patches across much of the both buckle's surfaces, probably indicating highly debased silver. Where not stained by corrosion the buckles are a dark silvery-grey colour.


Buckle (a): Width: 34.78mm, Length: 28.32mm, Thickness: 8.1mm and Weight: 29.97g

Buckle (b): Width: 33.92mm, Length: 24.6mm, Thickness: 7.63mm and Weight: 24.15g


These buckles fits Marzinzik's (2003) Type I.2 and Hines and Bayliss (2013) Type BU2-d, which both date them broadly to the mid fifth to sixth centuries. The type is fairly common across early medieval northern Europe and is particularly well-represented in female Kentish burials (Marzinzik 2003, 21; Hines and Bayliss 2013, 138, 332, Table 6.13).


As the buckles are made of silver and are over 300 years old, they constitute potential Treasure under the stipulations of The Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T523


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 470
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 2
Weight: 44.2 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Identified by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Secondary identifier: Ms Sue Brunning

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2017T523

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Ashford (District)
Parish or ward: Mersham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR0440
Four figure Latitude: 51.12295005
Four figure longitude: 0.91375412
1:25K map: TR0440
1:10K map: TR04SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

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

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