SWYOR-D58AE0: Early Medieval Anglo-Scandinavian disc brooch

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Unique ID: SWYOR-D58AE0

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper alloy Early Medieval Anglo-Scandinavian disc brooch decorated in Terslev style, probably dating from the 10th century, about AD 900 - 1000.

The brooch is circular and has a domed boss at the centre. It is decorated with four symmetrical C-scrolls or volutes, their curved backs towards the centre, bound by a double-stranded square which has a lozenge-shaped element at each corner. The lozenges indicate that the motif is Kershaw type IV. The brooch is gilded.

On the reverse is a double pin lug and a lug to act as a catchplate. Both these are incomplete. The brooch has a smooth dark green patina on the reverse, and a rough dark brown patina where the gilding is missing on the front. It is 25.9mm diameter, 5mm thick and 4.75g. The pin is missing.

The style of decoration is described and explained in Kershaw (2010) Finds Research Group Datasheet 42, page 4. She notes that in the UK, both artefacts imported from Scandinavia and locally produced Anglo-Scandinavian objects are found with Terslev decoration. This brooch can be compared to another brooch, SUR-72EC56, and a pendant, KENT-0CE794, with similar decoration.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Terslev style
Sub class: Kershaw type IV

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 4.75 g
Diameter: 25.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st April 2017 - Sunday 30th April 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 3009

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: York (Unitary Authority)
District: York (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Stockton-on-the-Forest (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE6555
Four figure Latitude: 53.9869702
Four figure longitude: -1.01019653
1:25K map: SE6555
1:10K map: SE65NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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