WMID-9DFF52: Early Medieval brooch fragment )profile, front, reverse)

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BROOCH

Unique ID: WMID-9DFF52

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A fragment of a copper alloy and gilded Early Medieval (late 5th to 6th centuries) saucer brooch. The fragment consists of one curved edge that has been damaged with three further straight edges. The outer curved edge has a slightly raised border. Located near to the corner of the object is a circular feature that is recessed as if to hold a stone or gem. The fragment is decorated with an interlocking design which consists of repeating semi-circular forms comprised of three raised ribs. The upper surface has been gilded which is well preserved. The opposing face is smooth and flat and has the remains of a catchplate.

The fragment measures 21.6mm in length, 21.5mm in width, 1.5mm in thickness and weighs 4.3grams.

In England this type of brooch tends to be found in burials and date to between the late 5th and 6th centuries. They are brooches which are found in female graves, and are considered to have played a role in symbolising status, and the design of the brooch may represent an allegiance to a common tradition (Dickinson 1993).

Dickinson, T. (1993) Early Saxon Saucer Brooches: A Preliminary Overview' Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 6 p. 11-44.

Class: saucer

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 475
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21.6 mm
Width: 21.5 mm
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Weight: 4.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 19th November 2017 - Sunday 19th November 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Miss Victoria Allnatt

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: South Staffordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Trysull and Seisdon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8493
Four figure Latitude: 52.53462528
Four figure longitude: -2.23730871
1:25K map: SO8493
1:10K map: SO89SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Updated: 5 months ago

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