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    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
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Record ID: FAHG-1C5728
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Polyhedral pinhead in the shape of a cube with the corners cut off to produce a faceted shape. The single visible face is one of the lozengiform sides, and this has engraved decoration around a central reserved lozenge. The shaft appears to be entirely missing. 8th or, more probably, 9th century.
Created on: Friday 6th December 2013
Last updated: Friday 13th December 2013
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Record ID: FAHG-1C4203
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Head and socket from a composite pin of middle to late Anglo-Saxon date, probably 9th century. The head is in the shape of a cube with the corners cut off to produce a faceted shape; all of the faces visible in the photograph (two lozengiform side faces, two upper triangular faces, and the just-visible lower triangular and upper lozengiform faces) appear to have engraved decoration. On other examples of this type the engraving is inlaid with niello. There is a substantial collar beneath the head, and then a slightly flaring circular-section socket with a circular hole passing right th…
Created on: Friday 6th December 2013
Last updated: Friday 13th December 2013
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Record ID: FAHG-1BE680
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Incomplete early Anglo-Saxon cast saucer brooch, originally decorated with five running spirals in chip-carved relief; three of these now survive. In the centre is a circular relief ring, and around the edge is a ridge and then an upwards-curving shallow rim. On the reverse is an integrally cast lug, part either of the pin bar lug or the catch 5th or 6th century. Pair to FAHG-1BBCF6.
Created on: Friday 6th December 2013
Last updated: Monday 15th October 2018
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Record ID: FAHG-1BBCF6
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Anglo-Saxon cast saucer brooch decorated with five running spirals in chip-carved relief. In the centre is a circular relief ring, and around the edge is a ridge and then an upwards-curving shallow rim, now missing in places. On the reverse is a cast ridge joining a pin bar lug at one end and a catch at the other; both look damaged and incomplete. 5th or 6th century. Pair to FAHG-1BE680.
Created on: Friday 6th December 2013
Last updated: Monday 15th October 2018
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Record ID: FAHG-1B7273
Object type: HARNESS MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Anglo-Saxon circular mount, probably from horse-harness. It is decorated with a single band of relief animal ornament around a central boss. Around the edge is a wide border, probably with stamped ornament, and a lower beaded rim. The reverse has no obvious means of attachment. Compare BUC-24D605, BERK-18B795 and BH-5D35E5; also a repoussé silver mount from Caenby, Lincs (Speake 1980, pl. 15k). Early 7th century.
Created on: Friday 6th December 2013
Last updated: Friday 13th December 2013
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Record ID: FAHG-1B2DA4
Object type: HARNESS MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Anglo-Saxon circular mount, probably from horse-harness. The mount is decorated with a single band of triple-strand interlace with no heads or other zoomorphic elements. There is an outer ridged border, probably consisting of three ridges, and an inner single ridge dividing the interlace from a domed boss in the centre. The reverse appears corroded (perhaps with iron adhering) and there is no visible means of attachment. The interlace suggests a very late 6th- or early 7th-century date; compare an example from Sutton Hoo Mound 17 (Carver 2005, fig. 112, no. 25ci).
Created on: Friday 6th December 2013
Last updated: Friday 13th December 2013
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Record ID: FAHG-1B0694
Object type: HARNESS MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Anglo-Saxon rectangular mount with terminals, probably from horse-harness. The mount is decorated with Style I relief animal ornament in a central rectangular panel and on pairs of semi-circular panels on the terminals, and these areas appear to be gilded. In side view the mount is curved or bent, perhaps for attachment to a noseband. There are no obvious rivets or other means of fixing. Compare SOMDOR-305381.
Created on: Friday 6th December 2013
Last updated: Friday 13th December 2013
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Record ID: FAHG-1AD586
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Anglo-Saxon button brooch of Avent and Evison's Class I, probably Class Ii. Only the centre of the brooch survives, with much of the rim missing. There is hair rather than a helmet, a continuously vertically ribbed crescent around the top of the face. Below the hair are two round pellet eyes, with a groove separating these from the hair; there are no brow ridges. A ridge runs down between the eyes to for the nose. A single squarish boss forms each cheek and between the lower cheeks, below the nose, are two curved blocks making mouth and chin. The curved mouth and chin give th…
Created on: Friday 6th December 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 17th December 2013
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Record ID: FAHG-123AB4
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Rectangular Carolingian-style mount made of gilded silver and inlaid with niello. It has been cast in high relief, with detailed and well made leaf and flower decoration. The mount is convex, with tall sides and a hollowed, uneven reverse which bears four integrally cast attachment lugs, one at each corner and set longitudinally. Each is pierced, but the end of each lug is considerably worn, so that two of the piercings are now worn through, on diagonally opposite corners. A central boss in the shape of a four-petalled flower is inlaid with a niello line down each petal, forming a sal…
Created on: Wednesday 4th May 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Record ID: FAHG-7B3D73
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gilded copper-alloy great square-headed brooch of early Anglo-Saxon date, complete with red enamel inlays on head, bow and foot, and with the remains of silver plates on the footplate. Ancient repair on the bow. The brooch has relief decoration in Salin's Style I, and the silver-and-gold colour scheme is known as the Bichrome Style. The brooch fits squarely within Hines's Group X, which is tentatively dated at present to the later part of his Phase 2 (in calendar years, perhaps c. 525-c. 550 AD; Hines in Hunn et al. 1994, 129). Headplate The headplate has a rectangular inner pan…
Created on: Wednesday 9th September 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 10th May 2011
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Record ID: FAHG-8EAAA3
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Flat object, possibly a mount, apparently made from copper alloy, in the shape of a horned figure carrying two spears. The object appears to be complete except for one lower corner, but depicts the figure from the waist up only. The lower edge is slightly incurved and is raised; the raised edges of the sides are formed from the shafts of the spears. The figure is wearing a battle tunic with the normal cross-over opening shown in relief, and has thin arms bent at the elbow to grip each spear at shoulder height. The face has a large open drooping mouth and may have a small point…
Created on: Friday 5th June 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: FAHG-33D653
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Circular early Anglo-Saxon horse-harness mount with two zones of Style II decoration, dating to the first half of the seventh century; identified from the image only. The material is uncertain, although the image appears to show gilding in very good condition with occasional spots of green corrosion showing through from underlying copper alloy. The mount appears complete if slightly bent, and the image is apparently at near life size, indicating a diameter of c. 65 mm. There is a central circular setting with four similar but smaller settings evenly spaced around to form a ‘quincu…
Created on: Friday 3rd February 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: FAHG-858AD2
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of foot from a florid cruciform brooch, partly distorted by heat. The fragment consists of a decorated triangular panel with traces of an undecorated rectangular terminal below, which has been torn away; the tear has bent the metal before breaking, and the break is now a little worn. The rectangular terminal is separated from the triangular panel by a line of beading. The triangular panel has a relief border, and is filled with Style I decoration, now worn and hence hard to decipher. There may be a single bird, with curly beak filling the apex at the top, body in the centr…
Created on: Thursday 9th June 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North-west Essex', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: FAHG-52BAA5
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Copper-alloy S-shaped brooch, small and with relatively simple decoration. The brooch is relatively flat, and solid with no perforations or openwork. It is decorated with two grooves each close to an edge, resulting in a central broad flat-topped ridge flanked by a narrower ridge to either side. At each end is an animal head seen in profile, with a circular groove forming an eye and an open beak or mouth. The lower jaw is curled backwards, and the upper jaw is long and gently curving upwards to meet the edge of the central straight part of the S. One of the heads is very slightly …
Created on: Friday 2nd July 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SF-E1B756
Object type: DRESS FASTENER (DRESS)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Double-hooked clasp made from copper alloy. The central part is expanded into a thick rectangle measuring 25 x 10 mm and 4 mm thick. This has a central circular hole 3.5 mm in diameter, and is decorated with a spiral groove which travels from one end of the rectangle around both faces to the other end. Much of the centre of one face is worn, and the other face has a shallow channel running at a slight angle from one end to the other, so that the groove is incomplete on both faces. A curved hook emerges from each end and curls over in the same plane as the central rectangle so that the…
Created on: Monday 4th August 2003
Last updated: Wednesday 16th March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Roudham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-E12D90
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Unidentified object made from copper alloy. It consists of a shield-shaped piece of copper-alloy sheet, with one edge straight and the other edges curving to a point. It is not flat, but slightly curved along the length of the straight edge. In the centre is a neat circular hole 4 mm in diameter. The front is decorated with radiating lines; although the object is corroded, these lines look as if they may have been made by rocking an engraving tool from side to side. This technique is characteristic of the late Anglo-Saxon period, and the metal used (now a rough light brown) is als…
Created on: Monday 4th August 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Market Weston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-672624
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Counter-plate from a Frankish buckle set, cast from a dark, almost black copper alloy. It is roughly triangular, with an indentation in the centre of the short edge to accommodate the protruding end of the buckle's pin, and two long symmetrically shaped sides which taper towards a rounded apex. The reverse is rough and slightly sunken, with two lugs. Each lug is broken across a perforation; that closest to the apex is set longitudinally, and that closest to the wider end is set transversely. The lugs would have been inserted through the leather belt and pins passed through the per…
Created on: Thursday 17th July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'WINGFIELD', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-544A88
Object type: HOOKED TAG
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Copper-alloy hooked tag with thin circular plate, decorated with an engraved diagonal cross; there are also hints of a possible zig-zag around the edge of the plate. There are two circular attachment holes at the top and a broken hook at the bottom. The hook has a wide rectangular lobe at the top and the break is worn to a sharp point. Hooked tags of this type were in use from the 7th to the 11th century.
Created on: Friday 4th July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Coddenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-407812
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Copper-alloy small-long brooch, complete apart from the two side knobs. The headplate is basically rectangular, although to either side of each knob the edges are slightly concave. The only decoration consists of neatly made grooves at the base of each knob; there are four at the base of the surviving top knob, which is semi-circular. Both side knobs are missing (worn breaks), probably due to the grooves forming a weak point. On the reverse of the headplate is a single pin lug with extensive remains of the iron bar and spring. The bow has a flat panel at the top and bottom; the top…
Created on: Thursday 3rd July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Coddenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-403725
Object type: BRIDLE FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Copper-alloy bridle cheekpiece fragment, in the form of a Ringerike-style animal head. The fragment is flat and the animal is depicted in profile. No loops survive, and most of the neck is also missing. The remaining part of the neck and the head are decorated with a border of rectangular punchmarks, probably made with a roulette. On top of the head is a crest of three points, the lower two of which have a short line of punchmarks along them. An angled line of punchmarks forms the lower edge of a kite-shaped eye. The tip of the muzzle has two lower pointed projections and an upper rec…
Created on: Thursday 3rd July 2003
Last updated: Friday 8th January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Coddenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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