SF-F598C3: Early Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) box catch

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Unique ID: SF-F598C3

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An incomplete cast copper-alloy Early Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) box catch, dating to AD 600-700. It has a flat lozenge shaped plate with triangular keel on the front face set at an angle of 90 degrees to the plane of the plate. At one end of the plate is a circular terminal with central rivet hole, in which still rest the copper-alloy rivet; on the back face some iron corrosion around the rivet suggests that the support the catch was attached to might have been iron made. The other end is missing and it might have formed a hook, when complete. The back face has a recessed central panel.

Such catches have been interpreted as box catches/fittings (e.g. by Lethbridge, 1931, 48 and West 1998, 22), but Geake (1997, 80-81) notes that their association with decoratively perforated leather at Bekesbourne I K 30 and 38 and with textile at Painsthorpe Wold Nhu 6a shows that they are probably from flexible bags or punches, in her study all datable examples are late 7th century, although bag deposition in graves does occur in the fifth and sixth centuries too (Geake 1997, 80-81, 293, fig 4.29). Other very similar catches are also in West (1998, p. 122, fig. 6, no. 67 and p. 137, fig. 21, no. 19).

Length: 22.77 mm

Width: 7.18 mm

Thickness: 5.24 mm

Weight: 1.69 g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 600
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.77 mm
Width: 7.18 mm
Thickness: 5.24 mm
Weight: 1.69 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 17th June 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Riccardo Caravello
Identified by: Mr Riccardo Caravello

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: EKE 063
Other reference: Finders reference SS15 363

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: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Eyke

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the 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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