PAS-608E5B: Late early-medieval to medieval four-way strap distributor (harness fitting)

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HARNESS FITTING

Unique ID: PAS-608E5B

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete late early-medieval cast copper-alloy harness link (c. 11th century AD). The object would have consisted of a central circular plate with boss from which four arms would have emerged, one at each cardinal point; one arm has been lost completely, while another arm now only has a vestigial loop. Integral with the central circle is a high domed boss which is hollow backed. The arms are semicircular in cross-section, with a flat reverse. The surviving loops are oval and bevelled externally. They feature three rounded knops, one at each cardinal point. The object is a red-brown colour.

A close parallel can be found illustrated in Williams (2007, 5) fig. 6f, from Sutton, Suffolk.

Class: strap link
Sub class: four way

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: Circa AD 1020
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: East Dorset (District)
To be known as: Gussage All Saints CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Updated: 4 months ago

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