HAMP-E3739C: Medieval object of uncertain function

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Unique ID: HAMP-E3739C

Object type certainty: Certain
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An apparently incomplete copper alloy and iron unidentified object, perhaps related to a knife, of probable 11th-13th century date. The object consists of a rectangular-sectioned bar (6.4x3.5mm) with a worn, pointed, square projection at one end (c.3x3mm and c.2mm long) and expanding into a rectangular terminal at the other. The bar is decorated along its narrower edges with a zig-zag of grooved rocker-arm and a short longitudinal groove in each resulting triangle. The wider faces of the bar carry tooling marks and have four c.1.5mm diameter piercings (two at the centre, one each at either end). Those at either end carry the remains of an in situ rivet (the longest7.6mm long and 1.4mm diameter). One at the centre is empty while the other is filled with corrosion/ a broken rivet.
The rectangular projection is largely covered with orange-coloured iron corrosion but traces of rocker-arm decoration can be seen on both of the wider faces; these extend from the narrower faces of the bar. At the centre of one face is a perforation c.4mm in diameter, now filled with corrosion; it isn't certain if this pierced from one face to the other. The rectangular projection measures 16.4mm long, 12.6mm wide and 7.1mm thick.
At the other end of the object there are worn projections to either side of the wider face of the bar. One is flat and curving, 4.9mm wide and 1.6mm thick, narrowing to a point at the (old) break. The other projection is 5.8mm wide, 1.7mm thick and projects 2mm to an old break.
The object measures 81.8mm in length, 12.6mm in max.width, 7.1mm in max.thickness and weighs 12.51g.


Cf. HAMP-EA0FA7, a more fragmentary example of this object type from Shalbourne, Wiltshire. The date range is suggested given the similarity of decoration to objects such as the Waterford knife (http://irisharchaeology.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/1-005.jpg 5), the Winterbourne knife (WILT-219C11) and a specific type of medieval buckle (eg. NMS-C92ACA, NMS-422014).

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 81.8 mm
Width: 12.6 mm
Thickness: 7.1 mm
Weight: 12.51 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 4th September 2016 - Sunday 4th September 2016

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Object Entry Form WINCM 799

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Cherwell (District)
Parish or ward: Noke (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP5412
Four figure Latitude: 51.80404198
Four figure longitude: -1.21824311
1:25K map: SP5412
1:10K map: SP51SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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