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Record ID: PAS-2F1343
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A broken and incomplete late early-medieval cast copper-alloy harness link (c. 11th century AD). The object consists of a central plate with boss; to one side the arm and its terminal loop has been lost. The arms are D-shaped in cross-section, with a flat reverse. At what would have been the centre of the complete link there is a low oval boss which is hollow on the reverse. The complete arm terminates in a circular loop that features three rounded knops, one at each cardinal point. The object is a red-brown colour with some small patches of light-green corrosion product.
Created on: Wednesday 7th November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gussage St. Michael CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-718B9D
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete probable copper alloy harness fitting dating to c.1250-1400. A T-shaped object with integral rivets at either end of the bar of the T. The bar has a D-shaped section, the rivets are circular in section. From the centre of the bar is a downward short stem of the T, this expands into a rounded, low-domed knop with a central circular hole retaining an incomplete circular sectioned rivet. Below projects a tapering arm which appears to originally have been a loop (possibly squared loop). Traces of white metal coating are visible on both sides. The reverse is flat and undecorat…
Created on: Monday 29th October 2018
Last updated: Monday 29th October 2018
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Record ID: PAS-608E5B
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete late early-medieval cast copper-alloy harness link (c. 11th century AD). The object would have consisted of a central circular plate with boss from which four arms would have emerged, one at each cardinal point; one arm has been lost completely, while another arm now only has a vestigial loop. Integral with the central circle is a high domed boss which is hollow backed. The arms are semicircular in cross-section, with a flat reverse. The surviving loops are oval and bevelled externally. They feature three rounded knops, one at each cardinal point. The object is a red-b…
Created on: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gussage All Saints CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-602147
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete late early-medieval cast copper-alloy harness link (c. 11th century AD). The object consists of a central plate with boss; part of one of the terminal loops have been lost. The arms are semicircular in cross-section, with a flat reverse. At what would have been the centre of the complete link there is a low moulded boss with a small knop extending either side of the plate. The boss is solid. The plate terminated at each end in a loop; as noted, one is now vestigial. The other is circular and features three rounded knops, one at each cardinal point. The object is a red-bro…
Created on: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wimborne St. Giles CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-5C5AB0
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A corroded and incomplete late early-medieval cast copper-alloy harness link (11th century AD). The object consists of a central plate with boss, though one half of the plate beyond the boss, along with its loop, have been lost. The arm is semicircular in cross-section, with a flat reverse. At one end of this is a moulded boss extending either side of the plate. It represents a face, probably zoomorphic rather than anthropomorphic. Just protruding above the plate are a pair of pointed ears. Below the plate is the nose and the lopsided V-shaped mouth. The nose is moulded, triangular, as…
Created on: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gussage St. Michael CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-3F26F2
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy strap distributor dating to c.1000-1100. It comprises a lozengiform frame and a short bar leading to a central globular knop. The bar is a semi-circular in section. At the end of the bar is a lozengiform frame with a knop at each of the three corners and a central sub-circular aperture. The fitting would have possibly had a decorative central boss which extended into the symmetrical other half which is now missing. The reverse is undecorated, the frame of the terminal loop is hollowed and angled up towards the central circular loop. Reference: Williams, D, 20…
Created on: Wednesday 15th August 2018
Last updated: Monday 7th January 2019
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Record ID: DOR-54D2DB
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A worn but complete cast copper-alloy strap junction dating to the period. It comprises three conjoined loops arranged in a triangular shape.Set centrally between the two upper loops and above the bottom loop is a highly stylised, elongated human head. The head is convex with hollow reverse and crudely rendered,with a brow and nose ridge, slight indentations for the eyes and a small line for the mouth. It is oval in outline. he loops are D shaped in cross section and of similar diameters (approximately 10 mm). Date: Late Iron Age to Early Roman c. 100 BC to AD 100 Dimensions: 30.16 …
Created on: Tuesday 29th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: DOR-AB86B4
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of copper alloy Anglo-Scandinavian harness link. The harness link is D-shaped in cross-section with a flat reverse. and convex front. The object comprises the stub of a bar with a loop at the end.The bar is D-shaped in cross section. It terminates in a lozengiform loop with an oval aperture and a low knop at three of the corners. The loop is hollowed at the rear. Dimensions: 27.61 mm x 22.24 mm x 4.08 mm WEight: 5.74 g Date: Early Medieval - c. AD 1000 - 1100. Similar examples are illustrated in Williams, D, 2007, Anglo-Scandinavian Horse Harness Fittings (FRG Datas…
Created on: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: DOR-AB6728
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy Anglo-Scandinavian harness link. The harness link is D-shaped in cross-section with a flat reverse. and convex front. The object comprises a bar with a loop at either end. At the centre of the bar is a circular raised boss with two rounded projections flanking it, one on either edge of the bar. At either end of the bar is a lozengiform loop with a sub-circular aperture and a low knop at three of the corners. The loops are hollowed at the rear. One of the loops has been bent forward at the end. Dimensions: 60.44 mm x 22.05 mm x 8.64 mm WEight: 18.05 g Date: Early Me…
Created on: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: SF-398789
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy strap terminal originating from a probable military cavalry harness dating to the Roman period, c. 43-100 AD. It is cast in one piece, consisting a central recessed circular body with a moulded concentric circular motif and a small circular aperture at its centre, from the upper and lower edges of which project broadly triangular arms which are 'D' shaped in section. The terminal end of one arm is broken away and around half of the other, each of which originally would have demonstrated a projecting attachment lug on the reverse face of the object. Pre…
Created on: Monday 10th July 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cheselbourne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-52C816
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy harness link with zoomorphic decoration. A double-ended fitting with a centrally-placed boss. The ends are lozenge-shaped, with large oval perforations and the boss is moulded to represent a forward-facing beast's head. The bar has a D-shaped cross section. The boss and loops are hollowed at the rear. At the three external corners of each lozenge there is a rounded knop. The beast hasan upwards-pointing ear at each end of the top of its head. The face is heavily stylised with angled ridges delineating the eyes and raised chevrons for the mouth. Date: Late Early-M…
Created on: Tuesday 28th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 17th November 2017
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Record ID: DOR-4CBD5F
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy swivel component. It consists of a flattened hollow sphere, the sides of which are decorated with four oval bosses with moulded curving ridges. The central ridge of each boss is vertical and is flanked by two curved ridges on either side giving a floral bud effect. There is a framing band to each boss. Each boss is a slightly different size and shape with an overall effect of irregularity. The bosses have some corrosion infilling the grooves of the decorations. The flattened faces at the top of the sphere has an integrally cast square with the corners slightly rounded f…
Created on: Wednesday 5th October 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd November 2016
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Record ID: DOR-C14A55
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A copper alloy knobbed terret. The terret is oval with and oval cross section around the ring. At one side there is s flatter sectioned bar with a slight knop at each end where the terret as attached to a horse harness, Around the ring are three domed oval knobs, each decorated with three parallel moulded grooves. There is a knob at either end of the long axis of the oval ring and one at the mid point. The long axes of the knobs are set parallel to the ring as are the grooves. Date: Late Iron Age to Early Roman - c. 100 BC to 150 AD Dimensions: 54.5 mm x 37.3 mm x 11.1 mm Weight: 29.82…
Created on: Friday 16th September 2016
Last updated: Friday 6th July 2018
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Record ID: SOM-9CD46D
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete early medieval copper alloy horse harness fitting or bit link dating to c. AD 1000 - 1100. The bit link is D-shaped in cross-section and consists of a central bar section which terminates in an old break at one end. At the other end is a D-shaped loop with bevelled inner edges. These object would have been attached to the end of the iron bit at one end and secured to the reins at the other. Similar examples are illustrated in Williams, D. W, 2007, p.4, fig. 5. The fitting measures 17.74mm in length, 23.07mm in width, is 5.20mm thick and weighs 5.44g.
Created on: Monday 16th May 2016
Last updated: Monday 20th March 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-2315B7
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval copper-alloy harness decoration in the form of an eagle displayed. The bird, which faces forwards, has well moulded feathers. There is a circular-sectioned rivet located within a hole on the underside of the hollow bird, which would have attached the piece to a harness strap or, possibly, to a rotating pendant holder. For a parallel, see PAS record NMS-81E04E. It measures 40.70 mm in length, 37.03 mm in width and is 29.79 mm high. It has a weight of 25 grams.
Created on: Sunday 22nd November 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-4DD274
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy Late Iron Age or Roman terret of uncertain type dating to the period c. 200 BC - AD 100. The terret consists of a circular frame which is D-shaped in cross section, being flat on the reverse. The frame features three moulded ovular knops, each incised by two curved grooves to create an eye shape. Each section of the frame between the knops contains curved fields of punched decoration which create a stippled effect. The terret has an uneven dark green patination with patches of brown. This partially obscures some of the decoration. Miniature terrets with flattened rev…
Created on: Monday 20th October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 16th June 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gussage St Michael', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-4D3C52
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete copper alloy Iron Age lipped terret of Spratling's group V dating to the period c. 100 BC - AD 25. The terret consists of a curved frame which is ovular in cross-section. The frame terminates in an old break at both ends. There are three ovular knops in the form of pouting lips spaced at regular intervals along the frame, each bisected by a longitudinal groove running down the centre. The terret measures 33.78mm in length, 8.99mm maximum width, 5.25mm minimum width, 9.31mm maximum thickness, 4.09mm minimum thickness and weighs 12.11g. This example has been publishe…
Created on: Monday 20th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 3rd November 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gussage All Saints', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-01DA9A
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A incomplete cast copper-alloy strap junction for horse harness from the early medieval period, circa 11th century. Only the central cuboid boss, one complete arm and lozenge shaped terminal, and a stub of the other arm survive (the missing arm and terminal section is likely to have been a mirror image of the section shown). Three sides of the boss have a single ring and dot decoration. The boss has a narrow collar on each of the arms. The arms are triangular in section. The lozengiform terminal end has a circular aperture and with the three triangular-sectioned knops. The back is fla…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Last updated: Friday 26th May 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-EDE4D1
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast copper alloy knobbed terret. A D-shaped terret with a narrowed and attachment bar. The bar has a rectangular cross section. The body of the terret oval sectioned at the bar and tapers, changing to a D-section opposite the bar. The terret is decorated with three large integral semi-circular projections, one either side of the bar and one in the centre of the outer edge. The two projections on either side are flanked by incised grooves in pairs and have and have two incised grooves around thier outer edges. The third, smaller projection is also flanked by paire of incised lines, …
Created on: Monday 17th December 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 26th November 2013
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Record ID: DOR-1C5D40
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy probable horse harness mount. A probable harness mount or bridle fitting. The main body of the mount is broadly lozengiform, with a break at one end and a flared terminal at the other. The front is faceted with a central rib. Before the break, the mount widens slightly and the surface is decorated with a moulded zoomorphic or human face. The face comprises two pellet eyes with concentric recesses around them, arched eyebrows above and a triangular nose ridge between them. The front of the mount is heavily gilded, apart from the flared terminal. The remaining…
Created on: Thursday 15th September 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 4th March 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Spetisbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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