BUC-D21882: Early medieval prick spur

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Unique ID: BUC-D21882

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete copper alloy possible early medieval prick spur, dating from 10th - 12th century AD. The prick spur consists of three arms extending out from a central circular platform. The arms arch downwards slightly. Two of the arms run out from the centre in a straight line, with the third arm projecting out from the centre inbetween them. The arms are sub rectangular in cross section. The top of the arms are decorated with moulded rim decoration, ending in a zoomorphic terminal. Each terminal has a rounded snout with two circular indentations for nostrils, underneath is a groove running round the outer edge and the sides representing the mouth. The forehead is slightly rounded, with two circular indentations for eyes. Above the eyes are two semi circular mouldings representing the ears. On the underneath of each terminal is a rectangular shaped projection, with a circular perforation through the centre. There is no decoration from the underside of the spur, which is slightly rough. Projecting out from the opposite side from the central platform is a cone shape that narrows to a rounded point. This is slightly worn. The prick spur has a light green patina, and measures 50.2mm in length, 31.5mm in width, 24.6mm in height, and weighs 18.33g.

Other prick spurs can be seen in records SF-08C44F, SF-29FBB8 and ESS-57E516.

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 50.2 mm
Height: 24.6 mm
Width: 31.5 mm
Weight: 18.33 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 8th October 2017

Rally details.

This object was found at Weekend Wanderers Bucks Oct 2017 American Tour 2

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Arwen Wood
Identified by: Arwen Wood

Other reference numbers

Other reference: AYBCM 4793

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
Parish or ward: Thornton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP7435
Four figure Latitude: 52.00850986
Four figure longitude: -0.9232998
1:25K map: SP7435
1:10K map: SP73NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Date Found
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BUC
Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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