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Record ID: SOM-09817D
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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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 antiqu…
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
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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 shoulders…
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
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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 de…
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. 118) pu…
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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 of…
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
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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 nostr…
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
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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 end…
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 the…
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 centu…
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 25th October 2017
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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. Read (…
Created on: Wednesday 27th September 2017
Last updated: Thursday 28th September 2017
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Record ID: SOM-7FC935
Object type: HOOKED TAG
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval to early Medieval copper alloy sheet hooked tag, probably dating to c. AD 600-1150. The hooked tag has a simple undecorated triangular plate with an indented upper edge, with a larger, central, semicircular indentation flanked by two smaller. The plate has only a single perforation, in the top left hand corner. The plate tapers into a rearward facing hook, with this being bent forwards by 90 degrees at the juncture between the two, just above a slightly raised collar of three cross-mouldings. The terminal of the hook is lost. Dimensions: length 21.8mm; width 13.9mm; …
Created on: Tuesday 12th September 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 12th September 2017
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Record ID: SOM-AFD4F7
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. 1000-1100. Only the upper portion of the mount survives, with the apex loop and flanged base both missing. The mount is sub-triangular in plan, although flanged decoration creates a more sub-rectangular appearance, and broadly flat in cross section, 2.8mm thick, although with a concave reverse and central boss (see below), 4.4mm thick, the reverse of which being hollow. The mount features zoomorphic decoration, with its central element being a central cast zoomorphic boss in the form…
Created on: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nynehead CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-0A41A9
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Early Medieval strap end of Thomas' Class A, type 2, probably dating to c. AD 750-950. The strap end is broadly tongue shaped in plan, tapering from 15.5mm in width at it's widest point into a zoomorphic terminal, 5.5mm wide and with a projecting pointed knop at the tip, 3.2mm wide and tapering to a point. The strap end is broadly flat in cross section, 1.5mm thick, with the terminal being 1.8mm thick. The attachment end is split transversely, with the front half lost and the reverse bent back over itself, the lack of rivet holes suggesting that it is incomplete. The dec…
Created on: Tuesday 1st August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 1st August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sherborne CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F293A6
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Medieval copper alloy Zoomorphic buckle, probably dating to c. AD 850-1000. The buckle is D-shaped in plan and single looped, 44.2mm long by 38.1mm wide. The frame is 3.7mm thick, very broadly trapezoidal in cross section, with the front face having two facets, a diagonal side and flat top, and with the reverse being internally bevelled. Its bar is sub-circular in cross section, also 3.7mm thick. The frame is elaborated with three integral zoomorphic heads, two smaller and rearward facing at the juncture between the bar and frame, the third expanding from the outer edge of the…
Created on: Monday 31st July 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Bagborough CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-B5884D
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A near complete Early Medieval to Medieval copper alloy strap end, probably dating to c. AD 750-1100. The strap end consists of a sub-rectangular shaft, 4.4mm wide by 2.9mm thick, with a zoomorphic terminal and wedge-shaped, transversely split attachment end. The attachement end terminates in a worn break, with the lower curve of a now incomplete rivet hole, probably one of two, visible on the left. The attachment end is 8.7mm wide at the break, and tapers into the shaft, with the juncture between the two marked by three transverse grooves. Three similar grooves mark the juncture betwe…
Created on: Friday 28th July 2017
Last updated: Sunday 6th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Knoyle CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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