IOW-74D35A: Eraly-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) Spherical-headed pin

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Unique ID: IOW-74D35A

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) copper-alloy spherical-headed pin (700-900).

The tip of the shaft is missing.

The head is slightly flattened at the top and on the four sides and the underside is an inverted cone shape. It has five ring-and-dot motifs, one at the top and one on each main side. Between the head and shaft there is a small collar, 1.5mm in diameter at the top and 1.1mm at the break.

This pin is green and has patches of a darker green patina.

Length: 37.0mm; width of head: 6.4mm; thickness of head: 6.4mm; height of head: 7.0mm. Weight: 1.97g.

The presence of a collar suggests this pin is Saxon rather than Roman (Geake 2001:38).

The design is typically Middle Anglo-Saxon and there are close parallels from the Hamwic site at Southampton (Hinton 1996: p. 20, nos. 24/24, 31/672 and 32/420).

Geake, H. 2001. Finds Recording Guide. Unpublished.

Hinton, D. A., 1996. The Gold, Silver and Other Non-Ferrous Alloy Objects from Hamwic, and the Non-Ferrous Metalworking Evidence. Stroud

Class: Spherical-headed

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Exactly AD 700
Date to: Exactly AD 900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37 mm
Width: 6.4 mm
Thickness: 6.4 mm
Weight: 1.97 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 19th June 2018 - Tuesday 19th June 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-5-20

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

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
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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