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Record ID: SF-0FFBB2
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: A gold possible bead, date unknown. Ovoid in shape and hollow with holes through either end. At one end the hole is small, c1.3mm in diameter, but at the other end the hole is much larger, possibly as the result as damage, c3.9mm in diameter.
Created on: Thursday 11th June 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 24th May 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nettlestead', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-FC9557
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An undiagnostic fragment of gold of uncertain date. This object was originally hollow and probably cylindrical but has since become crushed flat, it was probably originally a bead. The edges were probably slightly angled inwards. There is no decoration and the style of the object is undiagnostic. Although the object is more than 10% gold it cannot be positively identified as greater than 300 years old, therefore it does not fall under the Treasure Act 1996. Dimensions: length: 9.55mm; width: 9.87mm; thickness: 1.50mm; weight: 0.35g.
Created on: Saturday 19th February 2011
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
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Record ID: ESS-4F47D6
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of gold filigree decoration. Two gold wire coils attached with solder to the outer curved side of a central gold rectangular sheet. The sheet is convex and appears as a half-tube in section. In the centre of each gold coil is a gold pellet. There are also two pellets soldered onto the coils and gold sheet aligned to run down the middle of the gold sheet. The half-tube sheet is flush at one end with the tops of the coils and protrudes further than the coils at the other end. At the protruding end there are an additional two pellets that have been soldered on, one at each corne…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd February 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 20th March 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Walton-on-the-Naze', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-EC58CB
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: A complete gold bead, oval in plan and section with a small hole through its centre. Dimensions: length: 8.53mm, width: 7.38mm, weight: 3.85g Discussion: The date of this bead is unknown but it is likely to be more than 300 years old and possibly of early medieval date.
Created on: Monday 15th June 2015
Last updated: Monday 31st October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near woodbridge', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF4139
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold and garnet fragment, possibly half of a rather long biconical bead. A hollow cone in shape, it has a circumferential band of cloisonne garnets around both the wider and the narrower end, and four longitudinal bands of cloisonne garnets running between. The band around the wider end had perhaps eight rectangular garnets originally, set in cloisons (cells); three survive now and two of the cloisons are badly crushed. A strip of gold projecting from the edge of this crushed area may be part of the attachment to the other half of the bead, or part of a suspension loop if the object …
Created on: Thursday 7th December 2000
Last updated: Tuesday 29th January 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Eye', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-7009B3
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Biconical spacer bead, made from a single coiled length of beaded wire. The surface of the bead is somewhat worn. This bead would have formed a spacer between pendants on a necklace of mid-7th century date. X-ray fluorescence analysis at the British Museum gave an approximate composition of 50% gold, 47% silver. Discussion: The spacer bead belong to a rapidly expanding group of elements belonging to high status necklaces which became fashionable during the seventh century. The necklaces were strung with a variety of pendants, often containing contemporary garnet cabochons,…
Created on: Monday 21st June 2004
Last updated: Monday 1st August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Downs', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-2B1E44
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Worn biconical spacer bead from a necklace, made from a single coiled length of beaded wire, the ends tapering and left unbeaded. This singleton bead belongs to a growing family of necklace components, made in similar style, that came into fashion in the 7th century. It is best compared to the spacer beads on the necklace from Desborough, Northamptonshire (L Webster and J Backhouse, The Making of England, Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture, AD 600-900 (London, 1991), cat. no.13), which dates from the second half of the 7th century. The Desborough necklace is strung with a small, centrally …
Created on: Monday 14th July 2003
Last updated: Friday 28th March 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Rowington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-40CB01
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete biconical gold bead from a 7th-century necklace. It is hollow, and made from a single length of coiled unbeaded gold wire with separate lengths of beaded wire wrapped around the terminals. A separate short length of beaded wire is also attached vertically to the centre of the front of the bead; this may originally have continued all around the centre of the bead. Biconical gold wire beads date to the second half of the 7th century (Geake 1997, 43). Other examples on the PAS database include one from Rowington, Warwickshire (PAS-2B1E44; 2002T95); one from North Down, Kent …
Created on: Wednesday 20th May 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 5th June 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'MID SUFFOLK', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-40DD14
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: A complete gold bead, probably from a necklace. This bead is squat and biconical in shape, gently tapering to the ends of the large circular perforation. Dimensions: 7.85mm in diameter at its widest point, 5.76mm in length and 1.99g in weight. The perforation is 4.96mm in diameter. Discussion: Although no close parallel for this bead could be found, a case can be made for it being Anglo-Saxon and 7th-century in date. Silver and gold beads were in use at this time, and could be made in a variety of forms from sheet metal to coiled wire. Precious-metal beads are rare in o…
Created on: Wednesday 20th May 2009
Last updated: Monday 13th October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'MID SUFFOLK', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-1768B3
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Medieval gold flattened bead or suspension loop from a pendant. The object consists of an incomplete sub rectangular gold sheet with applied wire decoration. An outside border is made from two twisted unbeaded wires and there is a pair of similar two-ply twisted wires arranged to form a plait-like motif across what may originally have been the centre of the bead or loop. Either side of the possible central plait are two joined spirals forming an S shape, again made of unbeaded applied gold wire; and to one side of one of the S-shapes is the possible traces of a further two-ply t…
Created on: Tuesday 11th August 2009
Last updated: Thursday 30th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'nr Melton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-DCDB53
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A squashed and torn gold fragment, presumably formerly a biconical necklace bead. The scale-like appearance of the surface was produced by nicking the surface with a fine, sharp tool and lifting it up minutely. The back of the fragment is plain and there is damage in form of a small hole near the narrower, lipped end. Examples of such beads are now more numerous due to recent metal-detector finds, for instance from Rowington, Warks. (TAR 2001/74; PAS-2B1E44) or from Ogbourne St Andrew , Wilts. (TAR 2005-6/275); also see SF-40CB01 and KENT-7009B3. Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence…
Created on: Tuesday 20th October 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 27th July 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stanstead Abbots', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-CF6701
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: A gold biconical bead from a necklace, made from a single coiled length of plain unbeaded wire. Both ends of the wire appear original; one is neatly tapered and the other has a blunter end. The coils are soldered together, but there does not appear to be an internal backplate to which the wire is soldered, as there are occasional cracks through which the solid soil infilling can be seen. The bead is slightly flattened lengthways and there is an indentation on one side. Dimensions: It measures 12mm in length and 5mm at its widest, and weighs 1.9g. Discussion: This…
Created on: Tuesday 28th February 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Burmington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-C18EE6
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: An annular gold bead, probably from a necklace. It is circular with a wide perforation. The body is convex and formed by a series of facets presumably cut by a knife. The top and bottom also contain some facets, and the bead has an overall rough appearance. The whole object appears to be unfinished, lacking in any smoothing of the surfaces. Dimensions: External diameter: 11mm, internal diameter: 6mm. Width 6mm. Weight 4.51g. Analysis: Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the surface indicated a surface composition of approximately 80-83% gold and 12-13% si…
Created on: Tuesday 7th January 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 14th October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Reepham', 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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Record ID: WAW-FF2E4D
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete bead, which originally was probably a biconical shape. The bead is made from rolled sheet metal which has transverse ribs on the exterior with a wider, undecorated central strip. The interior of the bead is undecorated. A portion of the bead is missing, running the length of the bead. The broken edges look to have occurred recently.
Created on: Monday 21st March 2016
Last updated: Monday 4th September 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: BM-2B4248
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Anglo-Saxon, biconical bead made from wire mesh. This appears to be attached to two gold loops, which frame the aperture through which, for instance, the thread of a necklace may have been fed. It is difficult to discern the exact construction of the object, as the wire is stuck to soil, which appears to fill the bead. Microscopic investigation showed, however, that the bead may have been composed of two layers: an inner, sheet gold layer and the outer wire mesh applied over it. The inner, sheet gold layer is only visible in one place and it is therefore impossible to say whethe…
Created on: Tuesday 30th December 2014
Last updated: Monday 4th September 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: ESS-01B025
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A biconical gold bead, made from coiled gold wire. Its surface shows signs of wear in places. The hole is packed with soil.
Created on: Thursday 30th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 30th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'St. Lawrence', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-E87773
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete, annular sheet gold bead. The bead has a flattened hexagonal section, having bevelled sides to top and bottom and is hollow. It has a circular piercing. The bead is undecorated. It dates from the early to middle Bronze Age, c. 2150-1150 BC. It has an external diemater of 9.34mm, an internal diameter of 4.93mm, is 3.54mm thick and weighs 0.53g. A similar example can be seen in The Treasure Annual Report 2000, page 12, number 1.
Created on: Tuesday 12th December 2006
Last updated: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Harlow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-99E8C7
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wrexham
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A biconical bead made of sheet gold with a central perforation for suspension. The bead is damaged and misshapen, with a snag and a tear evident (maximum diameter 13.5mm, maximum height/width 8.0mm, thickness of sheet <0.1mm, weight 0.84g). The gold wire is sub-rectangular in cross-section, with curving meanders, suggesting it was once coiled. One terminal has a globular shaped head; the other has a flattened and folded back hook terminal (maximum current length 40.7mm, diameter of wire 0.7-1.0mm, weight 1.13g).
Created on: Friday 23rd January 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-D30D10
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold object, probably a bead, of possible Bronze Age date. It has been flattened due to post-depositional damage but otherwise appears intact. The object is rectangular in form and would originally have been tubular in form. It is decorated on its exterior surface be a series of 17 transverse incised grooves, seemingly incised individually and by hand with the result that they are slightly unevenly spaced and the ends of some of the grooves do not quite meet. There is some damage to the exterior surface in the form of small cracks and splits to the metalwork resultant from it being …
Created on: Wednesday 23rd November 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Clare', grid reference and parish protected.


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