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    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
    • Created by: Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

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Record ID: DOR-AB86B4
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of copper alloy Anglo-Scandinavian harness link. The harness link is D-shaped in cross-section with a flat reverse. and convex front. The object comprises the stub of a bar with a loop at the end.The bar is D-shaped in cross section. It terminates in a lozengiform loop with an oval aperture and a low knop at three of the corners. The loop is hollowed at the rear. Dimensions: 27.61 mm x 22.24 mm x 4.08 mm WEight: 5.74 g Date: Early Medieval - c. AD 1000 - 1100. Similar examples are illustrated in Williams, D, 2007, Anglo-Scandinavian Horse Harness Fittings (FRG Datasheet 39…
Created on: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: DOR-AB6728
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy Anglo-Scandinavian harness link. The harness link is D-shaped in cross-section with a flat reverse. and convex front. The object comprises a bar with a loop at either end. At the centre of the bar is a circular raised boss with two rounded projections flanking it, one on either edge of the bar. At either end of the bar is a lozengiform loop with a sub-circular aperture and a low knop at three of the corners. The loops are hollowed at the rear. One of the loops has been bent forward at the end. Dimensions: 60.44 mm x 22.05 mm x 8.64 mm WEight: 18.05 g Date: Early Medieva…
Created on: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: DOR-CE462B
Object type: TWEEZERS
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A set of copper alloy tweevers. The arms are flared from the top and terminate in a broad, straight edge. On arm is bent forward, the other curves inwards towards it. At the top the arms are joined in an expanded loop, possibly to allow for suspension of the tweezers. Date:Roman to Early Medieval - c. 50 to c. 1100 Dimensions: 55.22 mm x 13.23 mm x 6.96 mm Weight: 4.20 g
Created on: Wednesday 5th July 2017
Last updated: Friday 7th July 2017
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Record ID: DOR-D8ACB6
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy zoomorphic single-loop buckle frame. The pin is missing. The frame is D-shaped with zoomorphic knops at the ends of the bar and the mid point of the outer edge.The frame is D-shaped in cross section and , although very worn, retains traces of stamped decoration along both edges (possibly stamped triangles). The bar is sub-circular in cross section with a small notch around the mid point, possibly where the missing pin was attached. The three animal head knops all have tapering, snub-nosed muzzles with large, rounded ears at the back All the ears have a centr…
Created on: Wednesday 24th August 2016
Last updated: Thursday 8th September 2016
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Record ID: DOR-D8A6BB
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A silver penny of Cnut the Great dating to c. 1029 - 1036. A short voided cross reverse type. Reference: North Volume 1, No. 790 Date: c. 1029 - 1036 Diameter: 17.9 mm Weight: 1.04 g Die axis: 3
Created on: Thursday 19th May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 8th February 2017
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Record ID: DOR-4605FA
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy strap distributor. An equal-armed cross-shaped fitting with a recessed circular centre. Each of the four arms is in the form of a zoomorphic head, each open-mouthed to form off-set trapeziodal loops. The heads are all decorated in the same way, each being tapering and snake-like with narrowed rounded snouts. Each has two moulded arches indicating the eyes and is decorated with rows of wavy lines around the girth of the tapered neck. The neck is oval in cross section where it projects from the circular element. The undersides of the heads and the lower "jaws" are undecor…
Created on: Wednesday 17th February 2016
Last updated: Thursday 18th February 2016
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Record ID: DOR-FA0C63
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy zoomorphic single-loop buckle frame, consisting of one side or possibly the axis bar only. The bar is sub-circular in cross section and has been distorted. At either end is a zoomorphic terminal, each head being triangular in shape and faceted to either side of a central ridge. It has a transverse ridge at the wider end (representing a brow ridge) with a notch at the mid point and an incised line behind. The eyes of each are circular recesses. Date: Late Early-Medieval to Early Medieval - c.1000-1200 Dimensions: 42.3 mm x 12.5 mm x 5.1 mm Weight: 6.20 …
Created on: Wednesday 20th January 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 20th January 2016
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Record ID: DOR-EAA43D
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Penny of Archbishop Wulfred of Canterbury. A Group I penny without the moneyer's name and with Alpha-Omega on the reverse. Reference: North Vol I, No. 236 Date: Early Medieval - 810 - c. 815 Diameter: 19.86 mm Weight: 1.32 g Die axis: 3
Created on: Tuesday 8th September 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 8th September 2015
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Record ID: DOR-53C0EF
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy key. A slide key. The bow is circular with two knops on the outer edge. Below the bow at the start of the stem are two small angled knops, one at either side. The stem is hexagonally facted. At the end nearest the bit is a transverse collar and a round-ended moulding, (possibly a devolved zoomorphic decoration. The bit is flattened and stepped out from the stem and extends into a box-shaped frame. At the mid-point of the long edge adjacent to the stem, the frame has a v-shaped notch and there is a similar, smaller notch in the opposite inner edge. The outer edg…
Created on: Thursday 2nd July 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 12th August 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tolpuddle', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-2428D1
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sceat of plumed bird type dating to c. 675 - 750. Series E, type 6 Reference: North Vol I, No. 49 Diameter: 11.17 mm Weight: 1.13 g
Created on: Tuesday 30th June 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 12th August 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Burleston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-A779A2
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A gilded copper alloy pyramidal mount with probable niello inlay. A hollow pryamidal mount with an attachment bar across the base. The sides retain traces of gilding. At the apex is a sub-circular piece of niello inlay. The bar has a sub-square cross section. No decoration is visible on the exterior. The interior is partially obscured by concreted soil. Date: Middle to Late Early Medieval c. 700 - 1000 Dimensions: 18.85 mm x 17.19 mm x 17.44 mm, 2.61 mm wall thickness. Weight:10.53 g
Created on: Wednesday 24th June 2015
Last updated: Saturday 18th June 2016
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Record ID: DOR-D41846
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy strap end with a zoomorphic terminal. A rectangular strap end. The attachment end flares into a flattened split plate with broken rivet holes at each corner. Below the split plate the strap end is decorated with two transverse ridges. The strap end is D-shaped in cross section and tapers slightly before expanding into a block-like zoomorphic terminal. The terminal is in the form of an animal head with long, rounded ears cast in relief above an angular head with small pointed oval eyes on the front corners and a faceted tapering muzzle ending in a broken oval knop snout.…
Created on: Sunday 14th June 2015
Last updated: Friday 11th September 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Melcombe Horsey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-086AFA
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy stirrup strap mount. Williams Class A, Type 6. A triangular plate with a large animal head terminal at the extended apex with small ears, prominent brow and squared snout. There is a break at the top where there was originally a pierced loop for attachment. Flanking the plate along the sides is a pair of devolved sinuous beasts with crested heads forming the bottom corners and bifurcated tails at the top. At the base the ends of these shapes curl inwards on to the plate. Along centre of the plate is a tree-like element which comprises a longitudinal mid-rib with a …
Created on: Wednesday 29th April 2015
Last updated: Thursday 7th May 2015
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Record ID: DOR-081234
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy stirrup strap mount of Williams Class A, Type 7. A triangular plate with a large animal head terminal at the apex with clear nostrils and prominent round eyes. There is a large circular attachment hole behind the head. Below the hole is a low collar. Flanking the plate along the sides is a pair of sinuous snake-like shapes with scrolling side shoots projecting beyond the frame. At the base the ends of these shapes curl inwards and upwards on to the plate and terminate in zoomorphic heads with open mouths and prominent round eyes. Extending from each mouth is a diag…
Created on: Wednesday 29th April 2015
Last updated: Monday 6th July 2015
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Record ID: DOR-8022C1
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy button brooch. A small circular plate with a raised outer rim. The plate is decorates with a chip-carved design comprising a framing outer band with an asymmetrical interlace inside . The design is possibly zoomorphic. At one side is a large possible head with a pellet "eye" and tendrils flanking it. Opposite this at the other edge of the design are possible limbs. In the centre are several triple strand blocks, perhaps the serpent-like interlaced body of the animal. There are traces of gilding over the surface of the brooch. At the rear is a hooked catchpla…
Created on: Tuesday 17th March 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 21st April 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-6E063A
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete but broken copper alloy key. The key has been broken in two. The key has a long drop-shaped bow with openwork, foliate decoration. The stem is oval in cross section and tapers to a pointed projecting tip. It has a raised collar at the wide end. The key is broken where the bow meets the collar. The tapered rectangular bit has a central sub-angular aperture. At the base of the bit are two projecting spike-like wards with a cleft between. The wards are set at each of the two bottom corners of the bit and project at right-angles to it. The openwork design set inside the frame o…
Created on: Monday 16th March 2015
Last updated: Friday 27th March 2015
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Record ID: DOR-58B830
Object type: HANGING BOWL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete copper alloy hanging bowl mount. Part of the plate of the mount only remains. At the top is the sub of the suspension loop. The remaining upper part of the plate is crescent shaped. The front face is covered with deeply incised and moulded symmetrical decoration comprising (from the top) an incised rectangle with two ring and dot stamps set vertically inside, flanking this are two trapezoidal ridges (set on their sides), each with a ring and dot stamp inside. On the more complete side, there is then a series of raised chevrons forming a tapering herringbone pattern followin…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 21st April 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-9E4B58
Object type: HOOKED TAG
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete silver hooked tag. A broken, narrow triangular tag with zoomorphic and plant decoration. The upper, wider horizontal edge is damaged, but there are two broken rounded apertures for attachment. The front of the plate is decorated with a line of raised square pellets along each side. This beaded border frames the incised decoration which comprises a relief band along either side and continuing as a wavy line across the top below the attachment holes. This band runs around a symmetrical design of a curvilinear plant-like device with two V-shaped leaves and a bud on a stem a…
Created on: Tuesday 10th February 2015
Last updated: Thursday 16th June 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Blandford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-5BA8D7
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An early medieval sceat of late Primary to early Secondary Phase Series BIIIc, dating c. 710-25 (Metcalf 1993: 158-65). Diameter: 10.01 mm Weight: 0.96 g Die axis: 6
Created on: Wednesday 26th November 2014
Last updated: Friday 5th December 2014
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Record ID: DOR-FCD100
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A small lozengiform silver mount with zoomorphic interlace decoration. The decoration is asymmetrical and comprises two overlapping dog-like beasts, in profile, with their heads at the midpoint of the long axis, facing in different directions. The beasts have spotted hides. The heads, necks and upper forelimbs are well-defined on each, but then the bodies taper to a narrow band before expanding into their more stylised hindquarters at either end of the lozenge. The limbs also taper into narrow bands, which form a complex interlace pattern. The beasts differ from each other in terms of…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 25th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sturminster Marshall', grid reference and parish protected.


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