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Record ID: WMID-694A6C
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: The round pendant has a border formed by two strands of pleated wires set alongside each other, giving the impression of a gold filigree plait. Four additional plaits form arches from the border inwards and touch a fifth plait, which is framing a central setting. This is now empty but would originally have held a paste, shell or semi-precious gem. A grooved strip is attached to the top and back of the pendant, forming a suspension loop. The back is plain. Diameter (excluding loop): 37mm; weight: 5.2g. Surface analysis indicated a gold content of approximately 70%. Discu…
Created on: Tuesday 6th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 6th June 2017
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Record ID: NLM-694867
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy brooch. Cast small long brooch in particularly good condition, suggesting its recent disturbance from a sealed context - for this artefact type, most likely the grave of an adult Anglo-Saxon woman. A cruciform head plate of cross potent form has paired grooves at the ends of its side arms and the same motif repeated with an intervening space on its top arm. The lower arm is truncated, and serves as the origin point for a convex curved mid bow. At its top, this has a pair of triangular cut-outs or stops at its sides and a more emphatic pair of horizontal grooves at its base…
Created on: Tuesday 6th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 6th June 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NLM-7FA566
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead and stone whetstone fragment. The broken end of a fine-grained grey layered stone, possibly a slate but resembling a 'phyllite', with a neatly-cut square section groove around its narrower end, and another at right angles to this on either side. The broken end of the hone has been sheathed in lead, which has held its parts together. The hone may have broken across the site of an original suspension hole. There is a probably drilled transverse hole in the end of the lead sheathing which would replace it. This is an unusual example of the repair of a personal hone so it could be con…
Created on: Friday 26th May 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 30th May 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: BERK-88F2F7
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete iron socketed spear head of probable early early-medieval (Anglo-Saxon) date. The spear head has a broad and angular leaf-shaped blade with lozengiform cross section and split or cleft socket, a trait of spearheads of this period. The mouth of the socket is damaged but is 19mm diameter; the neck of the socket where it meets the blade is 17mm acorss. The spear head is similar to Swanton (1977) Series E, which are frequently found in graves of 7th century date. This type of spear head has a geographical distribution throughout the Midlands and into the Upper Thames Valley.
Created on: Thursday 20th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 20th April 2017
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Record ID: HAMP-50D3FA
Object type: SPANGLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Early-Medieval (500-700) copper alloy probable spangle, with a section missing towards one end (old damage). It is apparently flame-shaped, a pointed oval with a fore-shortened, horizontal end; it is this end that is largely missing, although one corner survives. The front of the object has a pale blue-green patina, smooth to touch and with a line of alternating crescent-shaped punches (creating an elongated S-shape) flanking the long edges. Just before the pointed tip these stop and a line of V-shaped punches with a line of crescents to eother side (the curves being oute…
Created on: Wednesday 5th April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nether Wallop', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-29FBB8
Object type: PRICK SPUR
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy prick spur dating to the early Medieval period, c. 750-1000. The spur originally would have taken the form of a splayed 'V' or 'U' shape, with zoomorphic terminals to the arms and an iron goad projecting from the rear of the object. However, due to post-depositional damage, only part of one arm, the housing for the goad, and a small fragment of the opposing arm survive intact. The arms themselves are triangular in section, with each upper and lower face decorated with a single pair of oblique incised lines as they form the housing for the goad, giving th…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 26th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Blythburgh', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-94EE4E
Object type: LINKED PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy and iron pin head. Cast flat discoid pin head from a linked pin set. Corroded iron forms a knop at one edge and lies in a thick [1.7mm] deposit perhaps formerly lying 12mm wide across the plain back of the object, possibly as remnants of a chain, or perhaps from other iron closely juxtaposed with this object in a grave. The display face bears a cruciform figure of symmetrical interlace in low relief; each arm of the cross bear a loop with its own internal cross-shape, the loop in each case being formed by lines crossing from the two adjacent panels. Four drilled holes of d…
Created on: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Melton Ross', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-937ADB
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An early early-medieval copper-alloy D-shaped buckle frame, incomplete insofar as it is missing its pin. The frame forms an elongated oval at the short sides and outside edge with an offset, narrowed straight bar comprising the internal edge. The frame and pin bar are D-shaped in cross-section, being flat to the reverse. Either side of the pin bar is a moulding, perhaps debased zoomorphic. The pin bar itself has areas of extreme wear, presumably from the now-missing pin. The metal is mid-green in colour and the patina rather pitted with some shiny, smooth areas. It measures 20.2mm in l…
Created on: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winchester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-7ED520
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An early medieval copper alloy Saxon saucer brooch dating to c AD 450-600. The brooch is missing its catchplate and pin mechanism. The brooch is circular in plan with a flat, decorated central area (32.88mm in diameter) and undecorated flange rising at an angle of about 45 degrees from the central area. The reverse of the brooch has the remnants of the catchplate and the pin attachment. The central area of the brooch is decorated in relief. In the centre is a raised pellet surrounded by a raised circle with transverse notches cut across it which gives the appearance of a circle of pel…
Created on: Tuesday 14th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 27th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lydiard Millicent', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-7EA469
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An early medieval copper alloy Saxon saucer brooch dating to c AD 450-600. The brooch is missing its catchplate and pin mechanism. The brooch is circular in plan with a flat, decorated central area (32.88mm in diameter) and undecorated flange rising at an angle of about 45 degrees from the central area. The reverse of the brooch has the remnants of the catchplate and a section of the pin mechanism retention loop. The central area of the brooch is decorated in relief. In the centre is a raised pellet surrounded by a raised circle with transverse notches cut across it which gives the ap…
Created on: Tuesday 14th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 27th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lydiard Millicent', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-434932
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy brooch fragment. Part of the head-plate and the mid bow of a great square headed brooch. The plate, of thickness 1.9mm, has a central rectangular field occupied by an indeterminate angular motif, possibly rendered in Salin Style I. This is set within a rectangular frame embellished by a series of small juxtaposed lozenges. These recur, probably in two orders, outside this frame on a broad outer field. In one corner of the field a larger plain lozenge appears, perhaps part of a symmetrical arrangement though its counterparts are lost along with the opposite edge of the broo…
Created on: Monday 27th February 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Laceby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-2DC5C9
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy strap-end, dating from the Early-Medieval to Medieval periods. At the top of the strap-end is the strap-slot, which comprises two parallel, downward-tapering plates and a central gap. The strap would have been held in place by a rivet which survives in situ, located centrally, a short distance down from the horizontal upper sides of the plates, which it links. A moulded, forward-facing, stylised zoomorphic mask marks the transition between the strap-slot and the sub-oval 'tongue' below. This tongue widens towards the bottom, its openwork form suggesting a probable devo…
Created on: Tuesday 14th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 21st March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cumbria', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-0B9AD2
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A heavily corroded iron spearhead of early Early Medieval date, possibly Swanton Series C2 / Hines and Bayliss SP4 (Bayliss and Hines 2013, 163-182) c. AD 514-645 Description: The spearhead has a leaf-shaped blade which is longer than the socket, and both being proportionately longer than Swanton type C1. The blade appears to have a thin profile, but curvature is difficult to determine due to the extent of corrosion. Below the blade the spearhead narrows into a short, solid neck before extending into a rounded, broadly cleft socket. The socket has snapped off along its length, likely …
Created on: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Last updated: Friday 21st April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Elham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-CE26BB
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval (late 5th to 6th centuries) saucer brooch: The copper alloy brooch is circular in plan, although the edges are heavily abraded. The original edge is not visible, but a fragment, in profile, reveals the edge has a small lip which is obliquely angled outwards. The outer face of the brooch is decorated with a central thick annulet with a finer annulet without. Radiating from this fine annulet there are four lozenges in high-relief equi-distant from each other. Between two lozenges there is a rectangular platform, between the others are curvaceous strands forming almost a qu…
Created on: Monday 16th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 26th January 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NMS-8F61ED
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete Early Saxon equal arm brooch dating to the period c. AD 450 - 500. The pin and parts of each arm are missing. The arms are flat and trapezoidal in shape. On the reverse of one terminal is an integrally cast double lug which retains the corroded remains of the iron axis bar and spring. One the opposite arm is the integrally cast catchplate which terminates in an old break. The arms are joined by a short arched bow. There are traces of file marks on the reverse of the bow. The brooch is decorated by a continuous border of punched crescents running around the edge. Brun (2003)…
Created on: Friday 13th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 8th May 2017
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Record ID: NLM-7DC6F6
Object type: DIE STAMP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy die stamp. Cast rectangular plate with rounded edges and with deeply incised detail on one flat side. A doubled groove forms the frame for angular interlaced figures of Salin Style 1. The central components of the motif bear transverse grooves suggesting a vermiform or possibly billeted texture, while some straight members ancillary to these and outside them, but confined within the frame, have a feathered surface texture. The finder suggests this to be a Pressblacht die for the manufacture of impressed sheets of gold foil. This object would imply a nearby workshop or craf…
Created on: Wednesday 7th December 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Gainsborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-180299
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval saucer brooch (late 5th to mid 6th century): The brooch is an incomplete circle in plan. In profile the brooch has an incomplete flange forming a lip around the edge. The reverse of the brooch has two integral lugs on opposite edges; one is perforated and is incomplete, the broken edge is recent. The other lug is the catchplate. The upper surface of the brooch has a high-relief design consisting of five spirals around a high-relief dot within a low-relief pentagon. The design is bordered by a low-relief groove, then with a plain border which meets the flange. The desig…
Created on: Friday 2nd December 2016
Last updated: Friday 2nd December 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: FAKL-078D4D
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Wakefield
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Medieval weight made from a Roman coin, a fouth century nummus, the faces of which have been files to remove almost all of the details, only traces of the bust survive to permit identification. While it is no possible to be sure, this object could be interpreted as an Early Medieval weight as coins treated in this way have been found in association with balances in Early Medieval graves (Scull, 1990, 183-215), Diameter 15.4mm, Thicknes 1.3mm, Mass 1.89g.
Created on: Saturday 19th November 2016
Last updated: Saturday 19th November 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NLM-DD07EF
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gold pendant. A discoid plate of beaten gold sheet with a separate wire rim, and with the upstanding sheet metal wall of a central circular cell, now empty, of internal diameter 11.5mm. A stone - perhaps a garnet - has been lost from the central cell, whose wall was slightly inclined inwards to clench its base. The sheet metal cell wall is c.0.5mm thick. The outer wire rim [of diameter 0.9mm] has parted from the sheet plate at one point, where its under-surface appears indented or billeted, and a similar appearance is also visible elsewhere when the two elements are distinguishable by …
Created on: Thursday 17th November 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 6th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Burton upon Stather', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-439C48
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy cruciform brooch fragment. Cast lunate or pelta-shaped foot of a small cruciform brooch. The foot is plain, and there is a stop or collar above it with a horizontal groove across it, above which the lower bow narrows slightly; the rest of the brooch is lost. The display face is fiercely abraded and corroded, but the flat back is smooth with a greyish tint suggesting tin in the metal mix. This differential damage is the reverse of what might be expected if the brooch had formed part of a burial costume, as the back would then have been closer to the decaying body and the co…
Created on: Thursday 10th November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 10th November 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Torksey', grid reference and parish protected.


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