GLO-FD71E3: GLO-FD71E3 Early Medieval pommel

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Unique ID: GLO-FD71E3

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~~Copper alloy hollow cast Early Medieval sword pommel dated to AD 900-1050. This is broadly triangular in plan with a base that is slightly curved. The upper portion is shaped into five lobes that increase in width and height to the central lobe which has a much wider and more rounded cross-section than its counterparts. Dividing each of the lobs from its neighbour by is a narrow band with recessed borders.
The lower section of the pommel is defined by a double plan band that runs the circumference of the item, the lower band is slightly wider than the one above.
The tang would have passed through a central positioned rectangular slot in the base (17mm long by 6mm wide) and through a corresponding slot in the top (15mm long by 4mm wide). There is a large circular hole to one end of the upper tang slot and a second hole in the centre of one side.

This pommel is a fusion of Anglo-Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon fashions and fits within Wheelers (1927) type VI, Petersen (1919) type Lv 'variant' forms.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Class: Pommel
Sub class: Wheelers type VI, Petersen type Lv

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1050

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 65 mm
Height: 34 mm
Width: 24 mm
Weight: 93.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2018 - Sunday 1st April 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Mr Kurt Adams

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Gloucestershire (County)
District: Tewkesbury (District)
Parish or ward: Highnam (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO7719
Four figure Latitude: 51.86909636
Four figure longitude: -2.33545283
1:25K map: SO7719
1:10K map: SO71NE
Grid reference source: From 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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Recording Institution: GLO
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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