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    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
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Record ID: SWYOR-CEAECD
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
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A lead spindle whorl of Early Medieval to post-Medieval date. It appears to be Walton Rogers Form A1, suggesting a date of about AD 500 - 850 (owing to the fairly small central aperture). However, traces of cast decoration on the curved face may suggest a later date, up to AD 1600. One face is flat and one is convex. There is a central perforation which has a maximum diameter of 8mm. Traces of a design in relief are visible on the convex face. The artefact has a light cream patina. It is 26.1mm diameter, 10.3mm thick and 28.4g. Walton Rogers (in the Flixborough volume and York Fasicule…
Created on: Monday 3rd September 2018
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-2D14F7
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A copper alloy strap end probably of Early Medieval date, about AD 750 - 900, and of Thomas Class C. It has an incomplete plate at the attachment end (and another one missing) which is sub-triangular, and a solid terminal at the closed end which is very long, forming a circular-sectioned shank decorated with transverse ribs at the attachment end, and a sub-sherical terminal knop at the closed end. The surviving plate is bent, and the rivet holes are missing. The strap end is 32.4mm long, 7.2mm wide and 3.2mm thick. 1.6g. It has a smooth grey/green patina. Compare BUC-681A0B, ESS-352E8…
Created on: Thursday 2nd August 2018
Last updated: Sunday 5th August 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-5BF43D
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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An incomplete copper alloy pin dating from the Early Medieval period, about AD 700 - 900. The pin has a faceted flattened bi-conical head with a flat top. It has no decoration and a slight collar. Most of the pin shaft is missing but what remains is circular in cross-section. The pin is 14.2mm in total length, 5.8mm in diameter and weighs 0.71 grams. YORYM-F4044D is a similarly shaped, but decorated example and the record notes that "Flat head pins are widespread and the 'flat top' type is a subgroup which is more common in counties above the Humber, and also became more common in t…
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Monday 3rd September 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-15A288
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
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A copper alloy probable strap end of Early Medieval date, about AD 750 - 950. It is probably of Thomas Class A, uncertain subtype. It is incomplete, both ends having broken off, but the central part has convex sides which are scalloped. There is a central rectangular panel which appears to be decorated with an inscription or maybe just two letters: a Roman N [retrograde] and a curved letter which is incomplete. The letters are formed from many tiny dots or circular punches and appear to have serifs. An iron rivet perforates the plate near the narrower end. The narrow end appears to hav…
Created on: Sunday 8th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 18th July 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-B40D46
Object type: HOOKED TAG
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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An incomplete cast copper-alloy hooked tag of Read's class E, type 1, dating from the Early Medieval period, about AD 800 - 1200. It can also be classified as Lewis and Naylor Class A2.b.ii (lobed). The plate is sub-circular, almost oval with both ends pointed. Most of the integral hook is missing, but there is no collar. The lobes project from the end opposite the hook, but are unevenly positioned. There are three circular holes through the plate, one near the hook and two near the centre, and a similar hole in each lobe. The plate is also decorated with seven circular pits arranged i…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Last updated: Friday 31st August 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-40748B
Object type: BRIDLE BIT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
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A fragment of copper alloy object, perhaps of Early Medieval date, cautiously identified as a bridle bit cheekpiece dating from AD 1000 - 1100. The object is decorated with triple stranded interlace, with an openwork pattern of four circular holes in a lozenge shape, and possible further apertures interrupted by the breaks. Only one edge (the longest one) appears to be an original edge. The others are worn breaks. The reverse is moulded and contoured, but not decorated. It is 20.2mm long, 13.1mm wide and 2mm thick. 1.49g. The object has similarities to IOW-D56C86 which is identified a…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 7th June 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-A00DE4
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
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A copper alloy mount of possible Early Medieval date, AD 410 - 1066. The mount is an unusual shape, reminisicent of a cowrie shell, a pulse or a coffee bean. It is pointed oval in plan, a quarter circle in cross section and has a slight curve longitudinally. The straight sides of the quarter circles are the reverse and there is a partial circular sectioned rivet in the middle. The front face is convex with a small border which is slightly bulbous and decorated with short radiating closely spaced ridges and grooves; giving the impression of a cowrie shell or similar natural object or fo…
Created on: Monday 14th May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 29th May 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-9C315A
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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Part of an Early Medieval hanging bowl dating from about AD 500 - 700. Part of the rim and upper half survives in several pieces, and two of the escutcheons and their attached annular loops. The curvature of the largest surviving piece suggests a rim diameter of about 200mm. The rim is made from sheet which curves inwards to form a wide concave gulley immediately below the rim, and is then slightly everted and thickened a little at the rim forming an angled top. The thickened part of the rim is about 2.6mm thick. About 60% of the rim survives, in four pieces. The wall of the vessel o…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Last updated: Friday 26th October 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-2FFE70
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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A copper alloy Early Medieval pin, dating from AD 720 - 850. It has a globular head with a flattened top and a slight collar before the shank. The head is decorated with ten ring and dot motifs. The shank is circular in section and 2.2mm in diameter. The lower end is missing. The break is patinated. The pin is 34.9mm long, 9.3mm diameter and 4.3g. Compare pins from Flixborough (2009), especially Type 131, number 295 and 296 on page 50. Compare also SF-E19596 and NLM-66889C.
Created on: Friday 27th April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-D58AE0
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: York
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A copper alloy Early Medieval Anglo-Scandinavian disc brooch decorated in Terslev style, probably dating from the 10th century, about AD 900 - 1000. The brooch is circular and has a domed boss at the centre. It is decorated with four symetrical back-to-back volutes bound by a double stranded square which has a lozenge shaped elment at each corner. The brooch is gilded. On the reverse is a double pin lug and a lug to act as a catchplate. Both these are incomplete. The brooch has a smooth dark green patina on the reverse, and a rough dark brown patina where the gilding is missing on th…
Created on: Monday 5th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 4th April 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-30C850
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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An early medieval silver pyramidal mount, probably from a sword scabbard dating from the 7th century. The mount is hollow with four triangular faces and a flat top. Each face is decorated with a single-line raised border and a central tripod-like motif resembling a reversed 'x' (sedge) rune, some clearer and better preserved than others. On two opposing panels, two short lines extend from each side of the central line, flanking the forked end. On one of these panels, there are also two extra lines extending from the apex and flanking the central line. The incised lines contain traces o…
Created on: Thursday 1st February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 27th June 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-5C99D9
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A copper alloy probable Early Medieval to Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) openwork mount in zoomorphic form dating from about AD 1000-1100. It is most similar to Urnes style objects. The mount is sub triangular with two of the three points being an animal head with a short snout and moulded long pointed oval ears. Behind each of the two surviving heads is a circular rivet hole filled with the corroded remains of copper alloy rivets. Each element then divides to form two strands of interlance in a symetrical knot. Loops of this knot form a rounded projection in the centre of each side of…
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st February 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-5C2D38
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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An Early Medieval strap end dating from about AD 800 - 1100, of Thomas Class B, Type 4. The strap end has a zoomorphic terminal, which is moulded and represents an animal head with large drilled eyes and moulded chevrons for ears. Above the head is a short rectangular shaft with a bevelled upper face, then there are two further sets of moulded chevrons representing very devolved animal masks. The one closest to the attachment end is thicker than the others. The strap end is bent backwards before the attachment end which is missing. This is likely to be damage (pre or post deposition) …
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 21st February 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-354108
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A fragment of a cast copper alloy Early Medieval Anglo-Saxon brooch, probably a great square-headed brooch dating from AD 400 - 600. Only part of the head-plate and part of the upper half of the bow survive. The surviving part of the head-plate has two rectangular panels alongside the top of the bow. These bear scrolled decoration. The bow is ridged or fluted longitudinally with a wide central rib flanked by wide grooves, and a raised outer edge on each side. The stumps of a pair of integrally cast perforated lugs are present on the back of the head-plate; the missing iron spring/…
Created on: Monday 8th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd February 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-543EBE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Leeds
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A lead spindle whorl of Early Medieval to Medieval date, about AD 900 - 1500. It is of Walton Rogers Form B2 with two flat faces of equal size and curved sides. The relatively large central aperture (diameter of 9.8mm) suggests a date range starting in the late Anglo-Saxon period. One face of the whorl is decorated with four incuse marks, each a different shape, impressed deeply into the lead. There is a trapezoid, a V shape, an L shape and a slightly curved line. The other face has a slightly raised rim. The whorl has a diameter of 28.9mm and is 10mm thick. 43.5g. It has a well devel…
Created on: Monday 4th December 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-17FF56
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A silver ingot of Early Medieval date, about AD 850 - 1000. It is a bar of rounded triangular section with rounded and tapered ends. There are four testing nicks along one of the angles. Nicking the side of the ingot was an intervention sometimes undertaken in antiquity to test purity. The ingot is 45.2mm long, 8.8mm wide and 7.1mm thick. 15.4g. The metal has a smooth dark grey patina. The shape, general appearance and testing nicks are all consistent with a Viking-period origin, suggesting a likely date in the late 9th/10th century. Similar parallels can be found, for instance, in th…
Created on: Friday 1st December 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 31st October 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-C1ED6F
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Leeds
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete copper alloy early-medieval ansate brooch dating from AD 700-900. One end of the bow and terminal are missing. The brooch has a square flat terminal with a semi-circular rounded projection to each side. This terminal is decorated with an incised cross saltire formed from four lentoid recesses. There is a recessed ring and dot on the two rounded projections. Behind this terminal is a pair of projecting pin lugs supporting an iron axis bar. The pin is missing. The bow projects from the terminal at an angle and is straight. It is decorated with five longitudinal incised li…
Created on: Monday 27th November 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 11th September 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-32DCDB
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A piece of silver probable metal working debris of possible Early Medieval date. The object is an irregular lump of metal. It is roughly oval in plan and in cross-section, and the surface is faceted and uneven. It is 8.6mm long, 6.7mm wide and 6.1mm thick. 1.31g. Compare SWYOR-8807C1, a collection of metalworking debris from the same area.The object has no dating evidence itself, but is from a known Early-Medieval productive site and is probably evidence for silverworking of that date.
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-32B81D
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Leeds
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete pierced silver struck or hammered coin of Early Medieval date; a Primary Series A3 sceat, of BMC Type 2a dating from AD 680 - 700. The obverse shows a radiate bust right with [TI]C before the bust and an A flanked by large annulets behind, with curved exurgual lines either side of the beaded line below. The reverse shows a beaded standard with Tufa containing a trefoil of pellets, and horns, with TOTII legend. A small part of the coin is missing, causing the los of the first two letters of "TIC". The coin has been pierced by a single hole positioned on the neck of the b…
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 16th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Walton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-9F6907
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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An Early Medieval, Anglo-Saxon, copper alloy annular brooch dating broadly from the 7th century AD. It is D-shaped in section and is decorated with incised lines in seven groups of three or four lines around the front of the brooch. Part of the attachment loop of an iron pin is rusted onto the brooch. The object has a smooth dark grey patina. It is 34.2mm diameter, 2.7mm thick and the frame is 3.8mm wide. 7.07g. Compare FAKL-96A515 and NMS-1C02FB, without pins, and SWYOR-F9ECE2, with a copper-alloy pin.
Created on: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 26th September 2018
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