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    • Material: Gold
    • Institution: NMS
    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL

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Record ID: NMS-2E07D4
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete Late Saxon sheet gold finger ring. Consisting of a flat pointed oval bezel with a jagged transverse break at either end. Punched decoration over all the surviving surface comprises series of punched annulets. The underside is undecorated. Both faces are heavily scratched. Dimensions: Length: 19mm, maximum width: 12mm, minimum width: 4.2mm, thickness: 1mm, weight: 1.2g. Date: c. AD 851 - 1000. Finger rings of this form are typical of the Middle Viking period (Graham-Campbell 1980, 61, cat. no. 219). Examples from Norfolk include Thetford (Goodall, A. R. in Rogerson and Dal…
Created on: Thursday 1st February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 24th May 2018
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Record ID: NMS-B1F206
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Anglo-Saxon gold oval pendant with central cabochon red garnet, surrounded by an outer border of twelve radially set cloisonne cells inlaid with foil-backed garnets. Compacted soil in many of the cells precludes any more detailed observation of the setting. The back of the pendant is solid and undecorated and at the top there is a 2.6mm wide twin-grooved, slightly forward canted, suspension loop, that links from the back to the front. The entire periphery of the pendant is decorated with twin parallel and laterally aligned granular beading. Dimensions: Length (inc loop) 17.4mm, w…
Created on: Tuesday 14th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 27th September 2018
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Record ID: NMS-73964C
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pale gold tremissis of the moneyer Ebromarus of uncertain Merovingian location, perhaps Amillis in the Seine-et-Marne region or Ampilly in the Cote d'Or, weight 1.39g, probably circa AD650-60
Created on: Monday 30th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 10th January 2018
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Record ID: NMS-EB4A16
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Saxon gold pendant mounted with a gold solidus of Justinian, struck at Constantinople (4th workshop of the mint) between 527 and 538. The coin is: Obverse D N IVSTINI_ANVS P P [AVG], helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, shield on left shoulder, right hand holding cross on globe, reverse [VICTORI]_A AVGGG [delta], Victory standing facing holding long cross and globe, mintmark CONOB, weight 5.78g. The coin has been mounted within a plain circular frame with an interior border formed of many small teeth. Over this has been soldered (at 12 o'clock relative to the reverse figure but …
Created on: Thursday 24th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Old Buckenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-58786B
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A circular gold and garnet setting, possibly from a brooch, pendant or another piece of jewellery. The setting comprises a gold collar made from an upright strip of gold surrounded by three strands of gold beaded wire, the central strand perhaps slightly larger than the others. The beading shows some signs of wear. The gold strip is partially folded underneath the gem, which is probably a garnet. It is cabochon cut with a flat top and an annulet drilled into its centre, now empty but once perhaps inlaid with another material (see Discussion). The back of the gem is dished. It is largel…
Created on: Friday 12th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th April 2018
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Record ID: NMS-244527
Object type: STUD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: Incomplete Early Saxon gold circular setting or mount with a domed cloisonné garnet setting. The object has a sheet gold back plate which exhibits a scar, with the remains of what may be a missing loop projecting from it. The back plate is framed by a beaded wire collar consisting of narrow, regular beads, some of which have been dented during deposition. Within the thick outer collar is a thinner inner collar consisting of two strands of gold wire twisted around one another, one plain wire and one beaded wire. The central circular setting has an outer strip bent inwards…
Created on: Wednesday 21st September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 16th March 2017
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Record ID: NMS-02D9D8
Object type: AESTEL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete early medieval gold terminal mount traditionally referred to as an 'aestel' (see Discussion). The mount is in the form of an animal's head, constructed from a sub-rectangular sheet of gold to which has been soldered a separate gold sheet back-plate, leaving a hollow void inside. At one end is a short, tubular socket which has been pierced through with a circular rivet-hole (now empty), torn open on the base-plate. The socket expands in width to form the roughly diamond-shaped animal head with a snubbed snout. It is slightly distorted by crush damage. The upper surface of th…
Created on: Wednesday 7th September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 18th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Norfolk', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-281204
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gold tremissis of Quentovic, moneyer Dutta, obverse VVICCO FIT, diademed bust right, reverse DVTTA mONET, Cross on steps, diameter 14mm, weight 1.34g, Prou 1125/1126, of quite a pale gold suggesting a date in the first half of the 7th century
Created on: Tuesday 28th June 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 17th April 2018
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Record ID: NMS-B61D01
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Distorted Scandinavian gold sheet finger ring of the Late Saxon period, with a flat lozengiform bezel and a hoop tapering to missing ends which would have been wound around each other. Punched decoration over all the surviving surface comprises overlapping triangles each containing three pellets and, predominantly in spaces between the triangles, groups of dots. Cf. an examples from Thetford (Goodall, A. R. in Rogerson and Dallas 1984, fig. 110 no. 12) and Beachamwell, Norfolk (Ager, B. in Treasure Annual Report 2004, 67-8, no. 86). Typical of the Middle Viking period (Graham-Campbell…
Created on: Saturday 23rd April 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 4th April 2017
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Record ID: NMS-0C5A70
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A mid 7th century early-medieval pale gold thrymsa (or shilling), East Anglian, so-called Constantine or Oath-taking type. Obverse, a diademed bust left holding a long cross before, reverse with a garbled legend encircling a device sometimes described as a lyre but identified by Marsden (Medieval Archaeology XLVIII, 2004, pp. 241-3) as derived from Roman coins showing a trophy. weight 1.21g. The coin is struck from a known pair of dies, represented by examples from Coddenham, Suffolk (EMC 1998.10007), South Walsham, Norfolk (NMS-9589B7), Wickenby, Lincs (EMC 2001.0691), and a pierced …
Created on: Thursday 22nd January 2015
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'HAPPISBURGH', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-E95041
Object type: ASSEMBLAGE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An assemblage of artefacts most probably deriving from an early Anglo-Saxon female furnished burial. Each object is discussed in turn below. 1. Merovingian coin pendant with (detached) gold suspension loop Pale gold solidus of Sigebert III (634-56), minted in Marseille, pierced in order to be riveted to a suspension loop, now detached. The suspension loop comprises a rectangular strip of ribbed gold sheet with one terminal curved over into a loop. The strip has a small circular perforation at the other terminal for a lost rivet that would have fixed it to the coin. The loop …
Created on: Thursday 8th January 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SOUTH NORFOLK', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-A13EDD
Object type: BRACTEATE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Saxon gold C-bracteate. The repoussé decoration depicts a highly stylised horse and over-large bearded male head in profile facing right with four pellets below his triangular nose, a round eye with two lines indicating the lower eyelid and a hairstyle ending with a round coil and tail at the back and a triangle with a spiral in the front. The horse has a triangular ear, gaping mouth and small eye. Between the broad neck and the lower trunk are two dots. Above the large round hip and tail are two further dots. One short hindleg ends in a broad foot. The front legs are detached …
Created on: Wednesday 5th November 2014
Last updated: Monday 7th November 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lessingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-D18CC1
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver sheet, probably an equal-armed brooch or perhaps a mount. The curved bow is flat-backed with raised edges on the front face and otherwise plain, straight sided except at either end where it flares sharply before originally wide triangular terminals at either end, three corners of which are missing, the fourth detached and held in place by a small piece of clear plastic tape. There are stamps consisting of two concentric rings around the surviving edge of both terminals. The reverse is plain, with only slight grey discolouration in a longitudinal line across the terminals…
Created on: Thursday 2nd October 2014
Last updated: Monday 4th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Holt', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-DDEE86
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Possible gold strap-end, buckle-plate or fragment of unidentified object, perhaps a back-plate. Description: Triangular gold sheet with a straight short edge, one slightly curved long edge and one straight long edge. There are two empty holes punched through from one face at the short edge, and two punched through from the opposite face near the rounded point, one of which is through the long straight edge. The slightly asymmetric shape and incomplete hole suggest the object was originally shield-shaped and has been cut longitudinally. One face has peeled back at the right-angle…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 4th October 2016
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Record ID: NMS-6F4832
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Ball-headed pin head made from gold with filigree wire and pellet decoration. The pin head is hollow and globular, with a circular hole at each end surrounded by an annulet of beaded wire; the upper and lower half are separated by a border of a line of beaded wire either side of what appears now to be a plain wire, but on closer inspection is actually a beaded wire worn down so that the beads have almost disappeared. This triple-strand border probably conceals a soldered join. Both halves are decorated alike, with two-ply twisted wire forming three pairs of opposed S- …
Created on: Wednesday 5th March 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 17th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sedgeford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-274C44
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Early Anglo-Saxon gold and garnet cloisonné circular domed object, perhaps a scabbard-button, or mount or stud from an unidentified object. It consists of a circular sheet back-plate with an outer border on the upper face formed from a single piece of thick, neatly beaded wire, within which a gold sheet, the lower part vertical before curving inwards, forms the edge of the originally domed upper face. Originally twelve cells were formed within the encircling gold sheet. A central quatrefoil tube is divided internally into four cells by vertical gold partitions (one of wh…
Created on: Friday 24th January 2014
Last updated: Friday 27th March 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'King's Lynn', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-A901E1
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Saxon (Viking period) gold finger ring. Three quarters of the band is formed from plaited wire, beaten into a rectangular-sectioned bar at the back of the hoop. The wire section of the band is of even thickness throughout and does not swell at the centre or taper towards the rear of the band except where beaten together. External height 22mm. External width 24mm. Internal measurements 18 x 19mm. Width of band at front of hoop 3mm, thickness 2.5mm. Wdth of rectangular section at rear of hoop 2.5mm, thickness 1.5mm. Weight 3.3g. See similar 10th - 11th century examples in the…
Created on: Monday 8th July 2013
Last updated: Thursday 10th September 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cromer', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-9A2563
Object type: COIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold tremissis, late 6th- or 7th-century Merovingian France, no parallel in Belfort or Prou, obverse +TEVDNOCAS, bust right, reverse +TEO[D?]O[B?]E MO, long cross on step, moneyer perhaps Teodebert, weight 1.27g, c.590-670 (EMC 2013.0235)
Created on: Thursday 13th June 2013
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
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Record ID: NMS-73CD11
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Incomplete Borre-style composite openwork gold lozengiform brooch of the late Anglo-Saxon period, now in four joining pieces, with some distortion and damage to the broken edges and one terminal missing. The front-plate is convex with a sheet back-plate producing a hollow brooch, with slightly concave sides, each corner rounded, with originally four small, circular holes arranged in a central square. Across one terminal on the reverse is an incomplete rectangular gold strip originally folded in the centre and now broken flush with the reverse of the brooch, probably origi…
Created on: Monday 18th March 2013
Last updated: Thursday 25th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Attleborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-6F95B0
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Early Anglo-Saxon biconical gold bead made from a single spiral of plain unbeaded wire which measures c. 0.4-0.5mm in diameter. The wire is the only component of the the bead - there is no internal backplate - and the bead appears to have been heated, perhaps in the presence of solder, to slightly fuse the turns of the spiral. There are about 12 turns to either half of the bead, and it may have been made from a separate strand for each half, the wires being joined in the centre. The bead is slightly asymmetric, the angle at the centre being more acute on one side than …
Created on: Friday 4th January 2013
Last updated: Monday 14th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Witton', grid reference and parish protected.


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