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    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL

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Record ID: SOM-DB2B84
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A Medieval copper alloy strap slide, probably dating to c. AD 1000-1100. The strapslide is zoomorphic and decorated in a highly debased version of the late Anglo-Scandinavian Urnes or Ringerike styles and depicting an animal's head viewed from above, rudimentarily cast in high relief and with further details incised and punched into the surface. The strap slide consists of an off-centre sub-lozengiform boss, domed and with a concave reverse, with two ring-and-dot punches depicting eyes. From the top edge, away from the eyes, is a short, sub-rectangular projection with an indented term…
Created on: Friday 9th February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 14th March 2018
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Record ID: SOM-63594D
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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Part of a Early Early-Medieval buckle plate, of Aquitanian-Frankish type. The piece is part of a flat plate with downturned edges giving a hollow back and now slightly bent in from each side. One end is complete and straight with two broken projecting rectangular bars which would have connected to the frame. Immediately below this edge are two circles marking the attachment point of bosses, now missing; the outer halves of which project from the sides of the plate widening it in this section, beyond the circles the plate continues with a rectangular section which ends in an irregular, …
Created on: Saturday 3rd February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 12th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Pulham CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-1E7EFC
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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An Early Medieval to Medieval copper alloy strap junction, probably dating to c. AD 1000-1100. The strap fitting consists of a central sub-rectangular boss, with a concave reverse, and four perforated lobes; one expanding from each angle. Each perforation retains an iron rivet in situ. The boss is zoomorphic cast into the form of an en face animal mask. This is fairly rudimentary, with large concave piriform ears converging into a sub-triangular nose flanked by sub-oval eyes. Dimensions: length 27.7mm; width 26.8mm; thickness (excluding rivets) 7.3mm; weight 7.57g. The style of …
Created on: Wednesday 31st January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 31st January 2018
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Record ID: SOM-5D0BDC
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
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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 a…
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
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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 p…
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd January 2018
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Record ID: SOM-09817D
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval silver penny of Cnut (AD 1016-1035), dating to AD 1030-1036. Short cross type, uncertain mint and moneyer. North (1980: 129), no. 790.
Created on: Thursday 18th January 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th January 2018
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Record ID: SOM-CE5269
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incomplete early medieval copper alloy stirrup strap mount, probably dating to c. AD 1000-1100. The surviving fragment comprises of the lozengiform plate, with the base and flange lost. The apex loop projects from the top corner of the plate, taking the form of a circular tab with an off-centre circular perforation. The plate is cast into four recessed lozengiform-cells, with a slightly reaise knop at the centre of the plate. The lower cell is truncated by the break, which is patinated, and contains the remains of a corroded iron rivet, suggesting it was damaged and reused in antiq…
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Monday 15th January 2018
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Record ID: SOM-FA6C66
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An Early Medieval cut halfpenny of Edward the Confessor (AD 1042-1066), dating to AD 1050-1053. Minted by an uncertain moneyer at Shaftesbury. North (1980: 141) no. 820.
Created on: Friday 5th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 5th January 2018
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Record ID: SOM-A7457B
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An unidentified copper alloy object, possibly Early Medieval to Medieval in date, c. AD 1000-1100. The object is an elongated lozengiform plan, tapering from pointed shoulders to a worn and abraded point, probably a break. This section of the object is plano-convex or sub-triangular in cross section. Above the shoulders the object narrows into a waist, prior to expanding into terminal which is sub-trapezoidal when viewed from above. In thickness the object tapers from the shoulders into the flat terminal. The object has a curved profile. Dimensions: length 54.6mm; width, at should…
Created on: Wednesday 20th December 2017
Last updated: Thursday 4th 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…
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-A7D0D3
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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An Early Medieval copper alloy strap fitting, probably dating to c. AD 1000-1100. The mount consists of a hollow domed boss with four, roughly equally spaced, irregularly sized lobes projecting from the edge, each deliniated by a raised, transverse collar at the junction between it and the boss and with a drilled perforation. Traces of iron rivets survive in all four lobes. The front of the boss is decorated with a slightly irregular saltire, with two incised lines defining each arm. Dimensions: length 28.5mm; width 28.2mm; thickness 5.3mm; weight 10.09g. Read (2001: 16, no. 1…
Created on: Friday 8th December 2017
Last updated: Friday 8th December 2017
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Record ID: SOM-54ED69
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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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 o…
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-0116F5
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval silver sceat, probably dating to c. AD 710-750. Secondary Phase, Series H, type 49. cf. Abramson 2006: 55, no. 804.
Created on: Thursday 30th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 30th November 2017
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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 n…
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 …
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-DB3172
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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An incomplete Early Medieval to early Medieval copper alloy stirrup-strap mount, probably dating to c. AD 1000-1100. Although unusually squat, this example appears to be of Williams' Class A, type 1A. The mount consists of a sub-triangular/piriform plate from the top of which expands a rectangular projection terminating in a transverse collar. This projection is perforated with a central small rivet hole drilled from the reverse and not orginal, likely replacing a lost apex loop. The plate is perforated twice further at the base, above a stepped trapezoid flange which projects from th…
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
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Record ID: SOM-D80B5D
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A fragment from an Early medieval to early Medieval harness fitting, probably dating to c. AD 1000-1100. The fragment now consists of a single knopped loop, with a knop expanding from either side and at the apex, opposite a worn break. The reverse of the central aperture is slightly beveled. Dimensions: length 20.0mm; width 24.2mm; thickness 5.2mm; weight 5.69g. A number of similar, more complete, objects can be seen discussed by Williams (2007), many featuring late Anglo-Scandinavian decoration and identified as 11th century harness fittings; they are also known from 12th-13th …
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-09D3DE
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval to early Medieval copper alloy stirrup-strap mount, probably dating to c.AD 1000-1100. A relatively simple mount with a trapezoidal plate and angled flange perforated twice, both retaining an iron rivet and with significant iron corrosion affixed to the reverse. There is a further, incomplete rivet hole in either corner of the top edge of the plate, both now incompete, the right edge of the plate is also damaged. The plate is cast in relief with a central zoomorphic boss; this depicts an en face animal mask with pronounced rounded ears and large domed eyes. The revers…
Created on: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 28th March 2018
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Record ID: SOM-CD64B6
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Copper alloy pin of probable Early Medieval date, c. AD 750-1066. The pin is highly abraded and the shaft bent at an angle. The head is sub-spherical, with a raised collar at the juncture with the shaft, the latter being sub-circular in cross section. Dimensions: length 45.3mm; diameter of head 8.3mm; diameter of shaft 2.2mm; weight 3.54g. Similar pin heads defined by small collars can be seen published by Griffiths, Philpott & Egan (2007: 73-74, nos. 351-369), dated to the mid- and Late Saxon periods.
Created on: Thursday 28th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 4th October 2017
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Record ID: SOM-BC53E4
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval copper alloy strap fitting, probably dating to c. AD 1000-1100. The mount consists of a hollow domed boss with four, roughly equally spaced, irregularly sized lobes projecting from the edge, each deliniated by a raised, transverse collar at the junction between it and the boss and with a drilled perforation. Two lobes retain copper alloy rivets. The front of the boss is decorated with a slightly recessed saltire. One lobe is cast at a slight angle and the boss would not have rested flat. Dimensions: length 36.8mm; width 36.8mm; thickness 7.5mm; weight 16.67g. R…
Created on: Wednesday 27th September 2017
Last updated: Thursday 28th September 2017
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