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Unique ID: GLO-2D61D8

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy D-shape buckle that has a complex moulded frame. The front of the buckle is expanded to form a sub-triangular panel that has a moulded animal head on the top with hollowed circular ears, lentoid eyes below and a triangular snout forming the forward edge. Flanking this and forming the curving sides of the buckle is an arching beast on each side that face back towards the strap bar. The neck of each beast emanates from the side of the first facemask and is decorated with two recessed lines that run halfway down its length to the head. Behind the head and on the outside edge of the frame is a curving projection that forms the ear of the beast. The face is decorated with large lentoid eyes, line below for the mouth and long snout with a recessed bulbous terminal for the nostril. Below the snout in the narrowed strap bar that in gripped in the mouth of both the side beasts.

This buckle is in the ringerike style, a similar example, found in London from the Themes was dated to the 11th century (Wilson, 1964, 143-144) see also GLO-20D4FE on this database.

Wilson D M, 1964, Anglo-Saxon Ornamental Metalwork 700-1100, British Museum.

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 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33 mm
Width: 38 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 14.66 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st June 2018 - Saturday 1st September 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Mr Kurt Adams

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary Authority)
District: Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Saltford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST6867
Four figure Latitude: 51.40112086
Four figure longitude: -2.46139181
1:25K map: ST6867
1:10K map: ST66NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
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

No references cited so far.

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Updated: About one month ago

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