SF-F4C07B: Early Medieval hooked tag

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HOOKED TAG

Unique ID: SF-F4C07B

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy hooked tag dating to the Early Medieval period, c. 900-1100. This example corresponds to Read's class A, type 2. It demonstrates a sub-circular body that tapers at its back edge to form a thinned hook, the lower portion of which is missing in old damage. The body itself demonstrates seven punched decorative ring-dot motifs on its upper surface, arranged 3/3/1. Each of these demonstrates a small aperture at its midpoint, though those on the left hand and right hand motifs on the front row are enlarged and clearly designed to function as sewing holes. Preserved in good condition with an even green patina, it survives to a length of 28.87mm, the body 14.79mm wide by 0.55mm thick at its midpoint. It weighs 0.88g.

Though no exact parallel could be found for this fastener, it is broadly similar to a number published by Read (2008) see p. 19, nos. 86-87.

Class: Read's class A, type 2

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.87 mm
Width: 14.79 mm
Thickness: 0.55 mm
Weight: 0.88 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 24th April 2018

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: Wordwell

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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