YORYM-5EAB75: Early-Medieval : Brooch

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Unique ID: YORYM-5EAB75

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An incomplete copper-alloy champlevé enamelled circular brooch of Early-Medieval date, c.AD 800 - 1000. Weetch Type 21.

The brooch comprises a central circular panel with a wide recessed rim. The majority of the rim is lost to worn breaks, approximately one third remains. The central panel depicts a bird holding a branch on a champlevé background. Traces of both red and blue enamel are retained within the recessed portions.

The remaining portion of the rim has a beaded outer border with raised curvilinear designs. Two circular perforations are also retained. These are not a common feature of such objects and may suggest the reuse or modification of the brooch.

The reverse of the brooch is recessed corresponding to the central panel though otherwise flat and undecorated.

The metal has a light green patina is in fair condition. The brooch is 34.2mm long, 29.9mm wide, 2.6mm thick and weighs 10g.

Ten Harkel, Weetch & Sainsbury (2016) state that 'only four brooches of this type are currently known, three of which were found in England, with a fourth from France.'

Ref: Ten Harkel, Letty & Weetch, Rosie & Sainsbury, Victoria. (2016). An Early Medieval Polychrome-Enamelled Brooch from Flaxengate, Lincoln: Continental Fashions in an Anglo-Scandinavian Town. Medieval Archaeology. 60. 57-71. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00766097.2016.1147786

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in MedArch

Class: Weetch Type 21

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.2 mm
Width: 29.9 mm
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Weight: 10 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05935

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Thwing (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA0569
Four figure Latitude: 54.10617812
Four figure longitude: -0.39554515
1:25K map: TA0569
1:10K map: TA06NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
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

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