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DUR-F297F8: Early medieval brooch small long

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Unique ID: DUR-F297F8

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An incomplete, copper alloy, 'small-long' early medieval brooch, dating to c.450-550 AD.

The fragment is composed of the head and part of the bow. The head is square with projections from the top, left and right. The projection on the right has a ring and dot motif incised decoration. A small section of the curved bow remains, which slightly tapers to the foot. 

Th reverse is plain, except for the remains of an offset lug that originally formed the pin mechanism. 

The brooch measures 27.0mm in length. The head is 25.2mm wide and 12.5mm high. The bow tapers from 10.0mm to 6.9mm. It is 1.8mm thick. Weight: 4.14g. 

The brooch probably fits in with Penn and Brugmann's (2007) Type sm2 for brooches with trefoil heads. 

(Penn, K., Brugmann, B., 2007. Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Inhumation Burial: Morning Thorpe, Spong Hill, Bergh Apton and Westgarth Gardens, East Anglian Archaeology 119.)

Class: small-long

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27 mm
Width: 25.2 mm
Thickness: 1.8 mm
Weight: 4.14 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 18th December 2019 - Wednesday 18th December 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: R505

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Hambleton (District)
Parish or ward: Thirkleby High and Low with Osgodby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE4778
Four figure Latitude: 54.19561332
Four figure longitude: -1.28111686
1:25K map: SE4778
1:10K map: SE47NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Penn, K. and Brugmann, B. 2007 Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Inhumation Burial: Morning Thorpe, Spong Hill, Bergh Apton and Westgarth Gardens Gressenhall Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DUR
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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