SF-A645DA: Early Medieval (Early Anglo-Saxon) sleeve clasp

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SLEEVE CLASP

Unique ID: SF-A645DA

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An incomplete cast copper-alloy sleeve clasp of probable Early Anglo-Saxon attribution dating to the Early Medieval period, c. 500-600 AD. Only one half of the clasp survives, its partner now missing due to old damage.. It is formed of a bar with flattened square terminals and a rectangular flattened midsection topped with a smaller rectangular boss, each terminal itself being decorated with an incised saltire motif. The waisted areas between the terminals and midsection each demonstrate transverse raised mouldings that serve to give a 'ribbed' or corrugated effect. From the front of the midsection an open rectangular loop where the opposing half of the clasp would have attached is visible, while from its other side a similarly ribbed protrusion that extends into a flattened rectangular element is visible. Preserved in good condition with a dark greenish patina, it measures 41.12mm in length, 23.57mm wide between the rectangular loop/flattened element, c. 15.2mm wide at each terminal by 1.9mm thick, 3.16mm thick at the bossed midsection, and weighs 6.14g.

For a comparable sleeve clasp, see Hines (1997) p. 47, fig. 90.d, from Linton Heath, Cambs.

Class: Hines form B12

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.12 mm
Width: 23.57 mm
Thickness: 3.16 mm
Weight: 6.14 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 7th November 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)
To be known as: Freckenham

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Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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