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SUSS-D1AC1A: Copper alloy strapend

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STRAP END

Unique ID: SUSS-D1AC1A

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

An incomplete middle to late early-medieval copper alloy strap-end of Thomas' Class B Type 1 (or B1). (c. AD 750-1050). The strap end has a tapering shaft, wedge-shaped split end and stylised zoomorphic terminal.
The split attachment end has four empty rivet holes (c.2mm diameter) for two rivets. 
At juncture of split end and shaft is a pair of transverse grooves. The strap end then tapers to the zoomorphic terminal, separated from the shaft by a further two transverse groove.
The zoomorphic terminal prominent brow ridge, two depressions for eyes rounded snout beyond.
It is a reddish brown colour with most of the decoration now worn. 

The strap end measures 47.9mm long, 10.4mm wide at connecting end. It is 4.2mm thick in the middle section and weighs 8.42 grams.

Notes:

Thomas comments that this type was introduced in the latter 8th or early 9th century and remained popular until the 11th. It is widely distributed in southern and south-east England and much less frequent north of The Wash

Class: Thomas Class B Type 1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: Circa AD 750
Date to: Circa AD 1050

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 47.9 mm
Width: 10.4 mm
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Weight: 8.42 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 31st October 2019 - Thursday 31st October 2019

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Chitterne (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9944
Four figure Latitude: 51.19521815
Four figure longitude: -2.015692
1:25K map: ST9944
1:10K map: ST94SE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Date is that first reported and recorded
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Thomas, G. 2003 Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking-age Strap-Ends 750-1100: Part I Lincolnshire Finds Research Group AD 700-1700. 4

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Audit data

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

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