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    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
    • Created by: Laura Burnett

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Record ID: SOM-5D0BDC
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval copper alloy and garnet sword pyramid, a type of mount probablyused on the scabbard straps. It is square in shape with a base measuring 14.0 by 13.6mm, narrowing over its 6.8mm height to a 4.4 by 4.7mm apex set with a garnet. On the underside it is hollow to a depth of 4.1mm. A 3.9mm wide band runs across the centre of the hollow, level with the base. Each of the four sides is decorated in the same way. Incised lines mark a border following the trapezoid shape of the side. The border contains three deeply cut equilateral triangular indents, one in each corner and one at …
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bulkington CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-5C322D
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete cast copper alloy Early Medieval stirrup-strap mount of Williams Class A, type 12 dating to the 11th century. The stirrup-strap mount is lozenge shaped. It has an integral flat rectangular flange with a rivet hole pierced centrally projecting backwards perpendicular to the main frame along the base. At the top is a circular loop for attachment. The main frame has four lozenge shaped openwork elements divided by a cross in the middle. At the very centre of the cross is a small boss and bosses also decorate the two side corners of the lozenge frame, the lower corner and are pla…
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd January 2018
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Record ID: SOM-7E3282
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a gilded copper alloy Early Medieval, probably eighth century, item, probably a disc brooch. The fragment is part of a plate and broadly triangular in shape with the shorter edge slightly convex. The object bends back slightly towards this edge but this might be damage. All the edges are damaged with patinated breaks, it is possible the curved edge is only slightly abraded as the design appears to respect it while the other breaks run across the design. The front is decorated with a raised design probably chip carved, although the indents are filled with mud, making the de…
Created on: Monday 18th December 2017
Last updated: Thursday 4th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Bagborough CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-54ED69
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Small fragment of a copper aloy item, possibly an late Early Medieval buckle frame. Th piece is curved in plan and V shaped in cross section with a clear carination on the plain inside and more rounded outer. The shorter arm of the V forms a continuous curve, possibly the inside edge of the buckle loop whicvh is slightly thickened at the edge on the inner side. The other arm of the V has an irregular end with a very worn and broken outer edge. It appears to be the remains of openwork decoration and to have broken across the openwork. The outer face is decorated with the worn remains of…
Created on: Monday 4th December 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Castle Cary CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C2BC82
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete late Early Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) copper-alloy zoomorphic stirrup terminal of Williams Type 2b dating to the. mid to late 11th century. One of a pair which would have decorated the lower corners of a stirrup. The stirrup terminal is sub-rectangular enface and sub-triangular in profile with a flat base, angled front which tapers in width towards the top and concave back giving a C-shaped cross section for most of the length apart from the solid base which appears complete with no projecting lip. The lower part is shaped into an animal head with prominent spiral nostr…
Created on: Monday 27th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
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Record ID: SOM-C1F953
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy rectangular bar shaped ingot of uncertain, probably Early Medieval date. The bar is roughly square in section, tapering slightly in width and thickness from one end to the other. The ends appear either complete or possibly cut neatly in antiquity. Two of the long faces have a series of transverse hammer dents creating irregularly spaced ridges and grooves. Similar ridging is seen on the wider end of another face while the forth face is mostly corroded, obscuring most details but may have had similar hammer marks. The piece is 60.7mm long, 11.4mm by 11.1mm at the wider end…
Created on: Monday 27th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Seavington St. Mary CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-753D15
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment from an Early-Medieval, copper alloy stirrup-strap mount of Williams Class A unclassfied type. The fragment is a worn section of the plate with very breaks at the top and bottom. The plate is generally rectalgular, narowing slightly to the top and with projections on the side where the design protrudes. The back is flat and the front has a raised design in the Urnes style of a sinuous lizard like beast bent in a loop with the head and tail at the base and the U shaped curve of the body at the top. Two legs, right front and left back, bend up under the curve of the body at th…
Created on: Thursday 13th July 2017
Last updated: Thursday 13th July 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winsham CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-719E69
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early-Medieval, copper alloy stirrup-strap mount. The mount is a thick plate, roughly lozenge shaped in plan extending into a rectangular base with a projecting flange at the bottom which projects back at 90 degrees from the plate. The flange is rectangular and solid with no piercing. Just above the flange and slightly off centre is a circular hole with iron corrosion form a rivet in it. The top of the mount extends into a circular tab, pierced to form a loop. The piercing is filled with iron corrosion. The front of the plate has four recessed lozenge shaped panels creating a raised b…
Created on: Monday 13th March 2017
Last updated: Friday 17th March 2017
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Record ID: SOM-0B054B
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete or fragmentry cast copper alloy openwork object. Possibly the bow from an Early Medieval key. The piece is flat and ovoid with one semi circular end from which the sides start to converge before ending in an old break. There are three oval holes through the object with the break going across two more leaving only a solid border and five bars linking the border to a central area between the holes. The border is worn at one point opposite the break suggesting it was suspended or something connected there. The piece is 30.3mm lomng, 22.1mm wide, 3.9mm thick and 6.84g. While i…
Created on: Friday 24th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th February 2017
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Record ID: SOM-CE1BA1
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Terminal of an Early Medieval copper alloy strap end of Thomas Class A, Type 2 dating to the ninth century. Only the terminal survives with the rest lost to an olf break. The terminal is broadly triangular, narrowing from the break at the front to the slightly squared off end, the back is flat, the front is moulded but in relatvely low relief. The terminal is formed into an animal head with a V-shaped panel at the top seperated by ridges from the animal head. The panel was possibly originally longer as it ends at the break. It is decorated by a grid of lines, a V with a saltire withi…
Created on: Wednesday 4th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 9th January 2017
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Record ID: SOM-2C8D86
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2016 T1058: Donated by finder and landowner Description: An early medieval silver strap end fragment. Only the terminal survives, with three old breaks at its top. The central break is higher than the others and a small rectangular section of the body extends out from the terminal. Between these three breaks there are unbroken curves which are likely the remains of openwork decoration. The terminal itself is zoomorphic, depicting an animal's head and is a rounded-triangle in plan and flat in section. Two indentations on either side give the animal a distinct head and sno…
Created on: Thursday 15th December 2016
Last updated: Thursday 11th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Bagborough CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-27E990
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early-Medieval silver mid-late Secondary Phase Series QIIA (Type 64) sceat dating to AD 725 to 745. Bird / walking beast design in the more angular style with trinquetra (trinity knot). Probably minted in East or Middle Anglian area. North (1994:66) no. 136, Plate 1 no.62. Abramson (2006:43) Q360. Traces of green corrosion are visible on the reverse. Analysis of one example showed they were only 50% silver (Grierson and Blackburn 1986:179-180).
Created on: Thursday 15th December 2016
Last updated: Monday 2nd January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Somerton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-FDBAFD
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy sword pommel of the Late Early Medieval period, dating from c. AD 900 - 1100. The pommel is broadly triangular in profile, pointed oval in plan, and has a hollow interior. The base (sword point down) is flat. The pommel is shaped into five rounded lobes which increasing in width, thickness and height from two very small lobes at the edges to the large lobe, circa one third of then entire width, at the centre. Each lobe is separated from its neighbour by a groove. The central lobe has an off centre small sub-circular hole though it, through which the tang of the sword w…
Created on: Tuesday 13th December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd January 2017
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Record ID: SOM-1FAAB0
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of an early-medieval copper-alloy object, probably a strap-end. The remaining fragment is cast with openwork Urnes-style interlace patterns showing a profile animal in a figure of eight shape. Two main strands of interlace form the design. One thick strand in a figure of eight represents the body of the animal, with its head at the top right and tail top left. The tip of the tail, which would have been clasped in the mouth completing the loop, is now broken and worn. The animal has an upward pointing triangular 'horn' at the top of the gaping jaws. At the back of the creatu…
Created on: Thursday 27th October 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 1st November 2016
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Record ID: SOM-50B5A1
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Copper alloy pin, probably of Middle-Later Early Medieval date, c.8th-9th centuries. The flat head and part of the shaft survives, the rest is lost to a patinated break. The head is flattened and the shape could be described as sub-oval, piriform or sub-triangular with an almost semi-circular top with a slightly straightened top edge and tapering sides which meet at a point where the head joins the shaft. The back of the head is plain and the front decorated with incised lines. The lines are all slightly wavy, formed of many closely spaced curves looking almost like rows of pellets…
Created on: Monday 20th April 2015
Last updated: Monday 1st August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alvesdiston CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-92E674
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper-alloy mount, perhaps a noseband mount from a bridle, with chip-carved gilded Style I zoomorphic decoration dating it to the early Anglo-Saxon period (6th century AD). The mount has a rectangular central panel and is slightly arched profile with the middle higher than the ends. The mount has flattened fan shaped terminals at each end and two rivets at the reverse. The terminals start slightly narrower than the rectangular panel with sides that splay out to meet the convex curved outer edge in rounded corners. The front of each terminal thins towards the edges. The terminals ar…
Created on: Monday 30th March 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 7th April 2015
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Record ID: SOM-CA4E8C
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval cast copper alloy strap end of Thomas Class B Type 1. The strap end has a flared attachment end then straight sides to the zoomorphic terminal. The attachment end is relatively long for this type, taking up two fifths of the length. It is split to take the strap. There are two circular holes for rivets at the attachment end, one still contains a separate copper alloy rivet, the front level with the front plate while the back is burred over slightly. The upper edge of the front plate is shaped into two cusps over the holes with a more pointed lobe in the centre, the ba…
Created on: Tuesday 24th February 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 24th February 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nunney CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C976EF
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval silver penny of Aethelred II dating to the period AD 979 to 985. First hand type. Minted by Wulfric at London. North (1994:158) no.766.
Created on: Tuesday 24th February 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 24th February 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Crewkerne CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-6175C6
Object type: HARNESS MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval copper alloy mount, probably from harness, with 7th cnetury style interlace decoration on the front, now in two pieces. The flat mount has a two straight ends, one slightly wider (18.6mm) than the other (15.1mm) and shaped sides. From the wider end the edges flare outwards slightly (to 19.6mm) before angling inwards in a straight line for three quarters of the length of the mount to a narowest point of 11.7mm wide. From this point the edges step outwards to 14.5mm wide then angle out to the straight end. The mount is mostly 2.0mm thick apart from two raised hemi-spheric…
Created on: Thursday 19th February 2015
Last updated: Friday 20th February 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Knoyle CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-4AABED
Object type: CHAIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy figure of eight, probably a chain link, possibly Early Medieval. The piece is complete with two loops with rounded outer sides narrowing to points where they meet and cross in the centre. Each loop is circular in cross section. There appear to be slight unfettled casting flashes on the inner side of each loop at the point, suggesting they were cast. On one face the crossing point of the loops is flat while on the other one line of the crossover is slightly raised over the other. The loops are not noticeably worn. The entire piece is 18.2mm long, 7.4mm wide and 2.2mm thick…
Created on: Wednesday 18th February 2015
Last updated: Friday 20th February 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Knoyle CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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