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    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
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Record ID: GLO-CBA405
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~This is a copper alloy Anglo-Scandinavian harness cheek piece fragment showing a stylised animal that depicts the head and neck of a beast right, the head is curved backwards in a tight C-shaped to look back over its body. At the terminal of the 'C' is an inwardly projecting sub-rectangular tab that forms the snout of the beast. Above the snout, at the terminal of the C, is a projecting semicircle for the brow. Further smaller knops are found on the spine of the beast with two larger examples at the base of the curve, this area is also wider and may have formed the body of the beast…
Created on: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Forest Of Dean', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-781B7A
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
This is a wall fragment of grass tempered ware pottery that has a very dark grey/black fabric with frequent small linear voids throughout that dates to 500-700AD
Created on: Friday 5th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 5th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cotswolds', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-88EFC9
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~This is a large D-shaped loop that has a greatly expanded forward edge which at its thickest, in the centre, has a diameter of 12mm diameter. This narrows and curves round on both sides to arms that are 5mm in diameter. The end of the arms are truncated with a rounded and undulating terminal, as a result is it impossible to determine weather this object had a narrowed strap bar. ~~A similar parallel has been recorded on this database LEIC-8BE932 this shows a buckle with expanded frame and narrowed strap bar with a decorative sheet copper alloy buckle plate attracted.
Created on: Wednesday 25th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 5th September 2018
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Record ID: GLO-74586A
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~This is a 9th century copper alloy strap end that has an animal facemask on the forward edge. There is a slot at the rear edge whereby the strap would be inserted and riveted into place; there are two copper alloy rivets are still in place. The design on the main plate is a geometric style of two opposing arches that converge in the centre forming a double saltire. Each arch is made from a double parallel line that is interspersed with short transverse lines creating a series of small squares. The sections either side of the arches and at either end are infilled with a series of lin…
Created on: Tuesday 24th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 1st August 2018
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Record ID: GLO-FF91C7
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~Copper alloy Early Medieval mount in the form of a circular disc with and enamelled face. The decoration on the face is divided into four equal portions, each containing a triangular shaped penannular loop with the point facing the centre. Each loop has a curved base that is position to the curved edge of the mount and two straight sides that lie parallel to its neighbour. The right-hand straight edge on each loop is broken; this geometric paten ultimately allows the loops to form a knot motif. The borders of each loop are slightly raised allowing the centre to be filled with a yello…
Created on: Thursday 31st May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 7th June 2018
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Record ID: GLO-FD71E3
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~Copper alloy hollow cast Early Medieval sword pommel dated to AD 900-1050. This is broadly triangular in plan with a base that is slightly curved. The upper portion is shaped into five lobes that increase in width and height to the central lobe which has a much wider and more rounded cross-section than its counterparts. Dividing each of the lobs from its neighbour by is a narrow band with recessed borders. The lower section of the pommel is defined by a double plan band that runs the circumference of the item, the lower band is slightly wider than the one above. The tang would have…
Created on: Thursday 31st May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 31st May 2018
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Record ID: GLO-E85509
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy strap end that is rectangular shape with slightly convex sides and a pointed forward edge. Unfortunately the strap end is very badly corroded resulting in the loss of almost all detail. The forward edge would have been decorated with an animal face mask but no detail remains, behind the main panel appears to have been decorated with a geometric pattern, but again no detail remains. There rear of the strap end is slotted to accommodate the strap, however, the top half of the slot that is truncated, the remaining bottom panel shows that there would have been two rivet holes…
Created on: Wednesday 30th May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
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Record ID: GLO-18D332
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~Copper alloy stirrup strap mount that has a sub-rectangular plate that is surmounted by a pointed top. This is decorated with three openwork holes at the top; flaking this are two wide panels with undulating edges, on complete examples these would have been engraved with beats heads, but on this example all detail has worn/corroded away. Below in the centre of the plate is an animal head depicted in high relief, again all detail has been lost through wear/corrosion. In the bottom centre of the plate is a single rivet hole. At the base of the artefact a rearward facing angled proje…
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
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Record ID: GLO-56E27A
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~This is a 9th century copper alloy strap end. The design on the main plate is decorated with a series of angled lines of various lengths. The overall design is difficult distinguish now owing to damage and corrosion, but a general geometric pattern is visible showing short angled lines on the flanks with long curvilinear lines in the centre. Both the rear and the forward edge are truncated. This a Thomas class A, type 2 strap end which dates it from the late 9th- 10th century.
Created on: Thursday 15th February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 15th February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cotswolds', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-8B87B8
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Silver cut quarter of Edward the Confessor, trefoil / quadrilateral type dated to 1046-1048. Obverse: The back of a diademed and draped bust facing right ED Reverse: Quadrilateral with pellet in centre and trefoils at angles over voided short cross GO
Created on: Wednesday 24th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 9th February 2018
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Record ID: GLO-E2045B
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~Early Medieval, Anglo-Saxon iron sword blade fragment. This fragment has heavily corroded with truncated forward and rear ends, the blades are parallel and do no0t appear to taper suggesting that this would have come from somewhere in the middle of the sword. The edges of the blade are corroded and uneven, the spine of the sword appears to be flat although this heavily encrusted in corrosion.
Created on: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cotswolds', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-E1D161
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~Early Medieval, Anglo-Saxon iron spearhead. This has a narrow tapering head that give an elongated lozenge appearance with rounded shoulders the blades on the either side are parallel and terminate in a truncated point, with a low spine running down the centre of both side. The split socket may have been split on both sides, however, corrosion removing elements of the sockets to give the impression that it had a double split remains a strong possibility. The end of the socket is truncated. An attempt was made to classify and date this weapon using the system defined in Bayliss and …
Created on: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 17th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cotswolds', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-3BB0EE
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Bath and North East Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~Copper alloy stirrup strap mount that has a rectangular plate. This is decorated a row of two openwork holes running down either side and a fifth larger hole at the top of the plate. In the centre of the plate is an animal head depicted in high relief, although the item is heavily corroded some detail still remains showing a wide nose with flat base and one oval eye on the right side of the face. The top corners expand to form two curls (ears) that have a deep recessed. At the base of the artefact a rearward facing angled projection that contains two rivet holes, these holes are now …
Created on: Friday 15th December 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 28th March 2018
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Record ID: GLO-FBCE47
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~A copper alloy (Anglo-Scandinavian?) oval buckle that has a bevelled underside and a zoomorphic protrusion to the front. The forward protrusion compresses of a long narrow triangular point that has two circular knops at the base that represent eyes, this probably represents the head of a bird. The centre of the forward edge is recessed to act as a pin rest. The rear of the buckle is expanded to form an interregnal buckle plate. This has a slot in the forward edge for the pin. To hold the buckle pin in place, in the middle of the slot there is a circular hole that passes form one side…
Created on: Tuesday 12th December 2017
Last updated: Monday 9th July 2018
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Record ID: GLO-D7E0AE
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An early-medieval silver penny of Edmund (939-946), 'two-line' type (HT1; North 688), moneyer: Aethelmund. Ref: North 1994: 138. Obverse small cross pattee within a circle surrounded by the inscription EDMUND REX. The obverse is double struck. Reverse: moneyer's name in two lines divided by a line of three crosses in the centre, trefoil of pellets above and below. AÐELM/VNDMO (the ETH are Ligatured)
Created on: Tuesday 28th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 29th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tidenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-2DE06C
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~Copper alloy harness mount consisting of a bar that has an expanded central panel. On one side is a short semi-circular cross section arms that terminate in a loop that has three evenly spaced outwardly projection knops running around its circumference. The opposite side of the bar is truncated but looks to have formed a larger panel that probably contained at least two loops.
Created on: Monday 20th November 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 28th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Monmouth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-08CB3A
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~Copper alloy Early Medieval Anglo-Scandinavian stirrup terminal. The terminal is a very simple cone that is undecorated except for three small projection globular knops situated at the sides and forward portion of the base. At the top of the cone is an expanded collar from which emanated the iron arm of the stirrup. To the rear of the cone at the base is a rectangular slot from which prudes the iron base of the stirrup.
Created on: Monday 6th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 30th April 2018
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Record ID: GLO-7524B2
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy strap end that is made from a long multi sectioned rod. The main body of the strap end is formed from a large oval panel with a slightly flattened forward edge, from which prudes the tip that has an elongated and bevelled forward edge, the widest point of the tip is bisected by a transverse chevron ridge. Separating the main panel from the rear is a split transverse and flanged ridge formed from two ovals. That rear is formed form an undecorated cordate shaped panel that has a notch in the centre of the terminal that is flanked by two rivet holes, both of which still cont…
Created on: Wednesday 18th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 1st February 2018
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Record ID: GLO-72F561
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~Fragment of a copper alloy strap end that consisting of the front tip of the strap end only. This section is decorated with a crude animal facemask that has a round pointed snout, behind are two raised oval borders bisected with an upwardly pointing chevron representing ears. Behind these the remainder of the strap end is truncated. Face masks of this style are normally found on Thomas class A strap ends which dates it to the late 8th early 10th century.
Created on: Wednesday 18th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 18th October 2017
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Record ID: GLO-CC0F8E
Object type: HOOKED TAG
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
~~A complete copper alloy hooked tag with a triangular plate that tapes to an integral rearwards facing hook. A double linear border that is in-filled with closely packed transvers lines runs around the edge of the plate. Inside the border is a triangular frame that bisected by a narrow double transvers line in the middle. The lower half of the triangular panel is undecorated, while the top half has a double overlapping and off-centre caret that forms two pecks. There is a hole in each of the top corners. This item is copper alloy but has been coated in a substance, possibly a wax …
Created on: Thursday 28th September 2017
Last updated: Friday 20th October 2017
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