SOM-D4FEB9: Late Early Medieval strap end

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STRAP END

Unique ID: SOM-D4FEB9

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast copper alloy strap-end of early-medieval date of Thomas Class B. The object is broadly rectangular with parallel sides and a zoomorphic terminal with rounded edges and corners that is sub-rectangular in cross section. The strap end has divided down the slit between the back and front plate with the front plate mostly missing and the attachment end of the back plate also lost to a patinated break. The small section of the front plate remaining by the terminal is plain.

This terminal is worn but is thicker than the front and back plates of the strap end with a raised brown ridge, probably angled eyes and a rounded snout.

The object is covered in a dark green patina showing patches of abrasion.

The piece measures 32.1mm in length, 8.2mm in width, 3.4mm in thickness at the terminal and 0.8mm thick along the rest of the object and and weighs 2.00g.

This is a Thomas Class B, Type 1 (2003, 4-5) strap end, a type which Thomas (ibid) suggests dates to between AD 775-1100.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: Thomas Class B, Type 1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 750
Date to: Exactly AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.1 mm
Width: 8.2 mm
Thickness: 3.4 mm
Weight: 2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 7th October 2018 - Monday 7th January 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Edward Caswell
Identified by: Mr Edward Caswell

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 017848

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
To be known as: Sherborne

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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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: About one month ago
Updated: About one month ago

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