LEIC-EB37D9: Early medieval cruciform brooch

Rights Holder: Phil Harding
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Rights Holder: Phil Harding
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Rights Holder: Phil Harding
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Unique ID: LEIC-EB37D9

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An early Anglo-Saxon copper-alloy narrow cruciform brooch in good condition, but recovered in two adjacent parts due to a recent break between the head and bow. It has an integrally cast facetted half round top knob above a rectangular head-plate, but the two side knobs are missing. The head plate is decorated with punched circles all around the perimeter. Nothing remains of the pin bar lug on the reverse of the headplate, though a rough area may suggest soldering where it was attached.

The bow is D-sectioned with a smooth domed upper face and, at top and base, a rectangular panel forming facets and decorated with two transverse grooves.

The foot has twin horizontal lines framing a panel with a notch in either side, above a plain panel, and on the reverse of this is a deep catchplate with the rolled edge missing. A single raised rib separates this panel from the horse-head terminal, which has prominent oval eyes and nostrils represented by a smooth convex circular face below angled notches on both sides.

The head part is 22mm long, 20mm wide, 4mm thick and weighs 3.53g. The bow and foot part is 65mm long, 15mm wide, 15mm thick and weighs 15.20g. Assembled together the brooch is 83mm long, 15mm wide, 15mm thick and weighs 18.73g. Mid to late 5th century.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 400
Date to: Circa AD 500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 83 mm
Width: 15 mm
Thickness: 15 mm
Weight: 18.73 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 8th March 2019

Personal details

Recorded by: Dr Phil Harding
Identified by: Dr Phil Harding

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2779

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Melton (District)
Parish or ward: Hoby with Rotherby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK6716
Four figure Latitude: 52.73749015
Four figure longitude: -1.00910769
1:25K map: SK6716
1:10K map: SK61NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Whilst searching with a metal detector
Current location: With finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Updated: About one month ago

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