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    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
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Record ID: PAS-803E51
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A large cast silver strap-end with zoomorphic decoration and glass settings. The strap-end is leaf-shaped, flaring from the transverse attachment end and then tapering towards the rounded terminal. The attachment end is split to take a strap, and pierced by two silver dome-headed rivets. The end is lobed around the rivets with a small pointed peak in between. The main part of the strap-end is decorated extensively with Trewhiddle Style ornament. At the attachment end, below the rivets, is a recessed pelta-shaped field containing a central incised teardrop motif. Beneath this is a larg…
Created on: Tuesday 14th March 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 10th January 2018
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Record ID: PAS-C51EC8
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Medieval gilt bronze pin head and separate pin shaft, possibly related
Created on: Tuesday 25th August 2015
Last updated: Monday 4th January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Willingham area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-C915EE
Object type: BRACELET
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The find consists of a slightly buckled, tapering strip broken at both ends; length, 44 mm; width, 10 mm max. It is decorated for most of its length with transverse rows of punched dog-tooth ornament and, at the wider end, with two rows of apex-to-apex triangles with a single raised pellet in each triangle. The back is plain except for a lightly incised geometric motif at the wider end. The strip is part of a bracelet of typical Viking form, which may have been broken up as hacksilver for use as bullion in commercial transactions, and fragments of very similar type and decoration occu…
Created on: Tuesday 24th February 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 24th February 2015
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Record ID: PAS-CF049B
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Silver-gilt pyramidal sword fitting with niello inlay: each face is enclosed within a narrow niello filled groove and is divided into three interlocking triangular zones by a V-shaped silver band flanked by a niello filled groove. Each small triangle has a recessed triangular field which is heavily gilded. The mount is hollow and has a bar across the open base for the insertion of a strap. Discussion: Pyramidal strap mounts dating from the early Anglo-Saxon period fall into two groups distinguished from each other by their size and height. The taller and often more orn…
Created on: Tuesday 14th October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 14th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-B8C216
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold sheet pommel composed of two highly stylised animals with a shared body. The pommel, which is high profiled and thin in cross-section, is made of five pieces of thick gold sheet. Two make up a double-skinned core into which the end of the tang fitted. Onto this core are soldered three smaller sheets. Two are moulded to form stylised heads with punched holes for the eyes, while a third arches over the underlying core and forms a shared body. The five sheets were originally soldered to each other and the joins between them are covered with a variety of beaded, twisted and…
Created on: Monday 13th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 13th October 2014
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Record ID: PAS-6F2DA2
Object type: TWEEZERS
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The object is similar to a pair of tweezers in form, but one of the arms is broken off shorter than the other and both tips are missing; length of longer arm (side B), 53.5mm; length of shorter arm (side A), 41.6mm (max surviving); width 9.9mm (max). It consists of a tightly folded strip (or possibly two strips riveted together) tapering towards the remaining ends and close to the head it appears to have been pierced through by a copper rivet, traces of which survive, and traces of a circular outline round the rivet stubs on both sides suggest it may have had a domed head on each end …
Created on: Friday 6th July 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd January 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Honington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-8709C3
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: This remarkable piece is a double-sided seal matrix from a gold signet ring of Frankish type, diameter 12 mm, and with a gold content of approximately 98 per cent. It was designed to pivot on a pin which engaged with the shoulders of the ring itself, now lost. The bezel is engraved on one side with a long-haired frontal bust surmounted by a cross, with stylized drapery below; around this is a retrograde inscription in a mixture of capitals and lower case, which may be read as a female name, Baldehildis (Balthild). On the reverse is a scene with a male and a long-haired fe…
Created on: Monday 25th June 2012
Last updated: Thursday 8th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Norwich area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-D3A974
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Saxon gold and glass oval pendant. Very thin gold sheet back-plate, now with slight damage. The setting is formed from plain gold sheet with a single beaded wire collar where it joins the back-plate. A separate ribbed gold sheet suspension loop has a loop of beaded wire around the base, the ends of which are tucked inside the loop, hiding the join to the back-plate. The glass is Roman mosaic glass with pink and white forming curved vertical lines, overlaid with green curved transverse lines and yellow and black lines forming a lattice overall. A similar mid 7th century example w…
Created on: Thursday 18th August 2011
Last updated: Monday 2nd October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'King's Lynn Area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-D35A01
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver finger ring, distorted. Lozengiform bezel, the ends of which taper smoothly to become the band, the ends of which are now broken but would originally have wound around each other. Cf. a more complete and decorated example from Thetford illustrated in Rogerson and Dallas (1984, 71, fig.110, no.12). Date: Late Saxon - 9th - 10th Centuries Width of bezel 11mm. Weight 2.45g.
Created on: Thursday 18th August 2011
Last updated: Thursday 18th August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swaffham area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-227D90
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The find is part of a fitting of uncertain function. The shape of the piece is oblong, at one end narrowing to a neck before fanning out to a perforated, gracefully rounded tip, whilst the opposite wider end, with a small rectangular slot cut off, is folded over itself and secured by two small domed rivets.
Created on: Friday 10th June 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 6th September 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tarrant Hinton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-41A514
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete silver mount, conical in shape and hollow. The outer faces are smooth and decorated with incised circumferential grooves. The top now has a circular hole through it but this may have held a gem of some sort originally. The hollow insides of the object are rough and there are two opposing incomplete rectangular projections, which are likely to have formed a bar across the base originally. No precise published parallel could be found for this object, but its size and the possible bar across its base are reminiscent of the scabbard mounts known as 'sword pyramids'. These…
Created on: Saturday 29th January 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 13th November 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Woodbridge', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-4163E5
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold tongue-shaped front or back plate from a strap-end, buckle plate, or other similar object. There are two empty rivet holes at the attachment edge and a single empty rivet hole at the blunt point. The edges are slightly raised on one face, but there are no other traces of decoration. The edges are slightly convex, one more so than the other. This object is similar in shape to early Anglo-Saxon strap-ends (e.g. those from graves 393 and 397 at Morning Thorpe cemetery; Green, Rogerson and White 1987, vol. 2, p. 347, fig.444, G and p. 352, fig.449, M), though these are not…
Created on: Saturday 29th January 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Ruston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-E9BEA3
Object type: JEWELLERY FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Detached circular gold and garnet setting. The object has a gold backplate to which is soldered three concentric beaded wires; the outer and inner are very finely beaded and the central wire has larger beads. This is a common arrangement for Anglo-Saxon filigree. Within the innermost beaded ring is a plain collar which rises up the sides and slightly over the top of a circular garnet. This is dirty, and although the flash of the flat top of the garnet can be seen, it is impossible to see if there is a foil beneath. The backplate is featureless apart from a central roughly circular rec…
Created on: Tuesday 25th January 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 11th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Warwickshire', grid reference and parish protected.


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