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Record ID: NLM-223798
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy strap end. A straight-sided strip with a rounded point at one end, straight at the other. The latter bears a round drilled hole of diameter 2.7mm, presumably to attach the plate to a strap and possibly to another metal component. Decoration comprises two neatly incised pairs of lines to either side of the fixing hole, and the object is polished by wear. Bent. The study of the sizes of buckles from Anglo-Saxon graves (e.g. Drinkall, in Drinkall and Foreman 1998, page 272) suggests increasing currency of narrow straps to be a feature of the 7th century. Suggested date: Earl…
Created on: Wednesday 20th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 20th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Keelby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-F65A99
Object type: CRUCIFIX
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead-alloy crucifix. A cast plate, originally cruciform in plan, (now damaged), with the body of Christ appearing in identically-moulded relief on both sides. The face has elongated, oval eyes, a large nose and a slit mouth. A triangular arrangement above the head, on the cross, has four sunken dots along each of its angled sides and is open to interpretation as to what it represents. Three dots, in relief, on the torso represent nipples and navel, with the ribcage also emphasised. One arm of the crucifix has been broken off and is missing but the remaining arm is outstretched w…
Created on: Monday 18th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-964094
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small complete Early-Medieval cast copper-alloy buckle with near complete sheet metal buckle plate, dating from the late 6th to early 8th centuries AD. Description: The buckle is formed from a cast elongated oval frame with a circular cross-section and a small wire pin which droops slightly over the frame. The rectangular sheet copper-alloy buckle plate is undecorated and folded round the frame with a hole cut in the middle to allow the pin to be added. two rivet holes are present at the opposite end of the plate to the buckle. Both rivets are entirely missing. The entire set is hig…
Created on: Wednesday 13th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th September 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: KENT-D8FBD7
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy shoe shaped belt stud dating to the early Early-Medieval period, c.AD 450-600. Description: The studs consists of a 'shoe-shaped' plate with a flat face, round at one and long and pointed at the other, with a rounded concave waist. On the back are the remains of a projecting lug, originally with a pierced attachment hole for fixing to a belt. The lug has broken across this piercing. The front of the stud is heavily decorated with a cruciform motif made up of 5 aligned paired ring and dots from round end to where the narrow end gets to accommodate them a…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 31st August 2017
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Record ID: KENT-AC16E8
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A near complete cast early Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon, c. 450-550) gilt copper-alloy button brooch probably of Suzuki's class B. Description: The brooch comprises a circular base with angled walls (turning outwards) surrounding it creating a 'saucer' shape. The face of the brooch is decorated in relief with a helmeted face within 3 concentric raised ribs. The helmet is formed by a horizontal line with a line at right angles at its centre dividing the apex of the face in two. Below are large bushy eyebrows and prominent nose formed by a T-shaped ridge with a wavy top bar with flicked …
Created on: Monday 21st August 2017
Last updated: Monday 21st August 2017
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Record ID: KENT-AE9716
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a Early-Medieval gilt copper-alloy small Kentish square-headed brooch dating to the early-mid 6th century, possibly c.AD 500-540. Description: The brooch survives only as an irregular shaped fragment representing part of the lower half/foot of the brooch, below the arched bow. On the back is the remains of the L-shaped catch plate. The fragment bears part of a central cross, the central bar of which would have run along the arch of the bow the horizontal arms possibly expanding towards the outside edges. Of what remains of the four quadrants the upper two contains parts …
Created on: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 9th August 2017
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Record ID: DENO-459ADD
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Part of a cast gold buckle-plate or belt mount, carrying a single recessed rectangular panel, which contains a bold design of two transitional Style I/Style II bird heads. The birds face each other across the top of the panel with their prominent curving beaks springing from a small and poorly defined head. Each eye is formed from a single small punch-mark. The necks are delineated by two raised bands that run parallel to the edges of the plate, turning the corner to end at the midpoint where they are separated from each other by a single slash. The surviving edge is pie…
Created on: Friday 4th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th September 2017
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Record ID: IOW-8917E1
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) copper-alloy shoe-shaped mount (c. 450-c. 600). The belt mount/rivet/stud is slightly convex at the front and flat at the rear. There was probably a lug at the rear where there may be a break which is overlain by a deposit of iron which may be imbedded. It is situated about mid-way along the longitudinal centre-line and would have been perforated to enable it to be secured to a belt or strap as decoration. No evidence for melting or burning. The mount is smooth at the front and coarse at the rear. It has a white metal coating or is heavily t…
Created on: Friday 14th July 2017
Last updated: Monday 17th July 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-A71381
Object type: SPANGLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An early Anglo-Saxon copper alloy object, probably a spangle. The object is formed from a thin sheet of copper alloy cut into a crude isosceles triangle. A circular rivet hole is located in each angle, one of which contains a crude rivet made from a rolled sheet of copper alloy. The front of the spangle has a deep 'waxy' green patina, while the reverse is lighter, rougher, and has patches of brown patina. A similar and near-complete example is known from Grave 85B at Empingham, Rutland (Timby 1996: 214, figure 136). Reference Timby, J.R. 1996. The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Empingham I…
Created on: Wednesday 21st June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 27th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alford area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-141824
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A worn fragment of Early-Medieval Ansate brooch possibly of Thörle's group IIIc, c.AD 600-680 Description: The roughly triangular fragment represents the foot of the brooch. The foot is pointed flanked by a knop either side. There is a single ring and dot motif on the main body of the foot between two knops. The reverse is undecorated but part of the catchplate survives albeit in a highly worn and abraded manner. Much of the edges including the breaks are highly worn suggestive of damage in antiquity. The fragment is patinated dark green except where abraded where it is a light green…
Created on: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 25th July 2017
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Record ID: IOW-055A79
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) copper-alloy zoomorphic bird brooch (c. 500-c. 550). The pin is missing. The brooch is in the in the form of a stylised bird in profile, with a raptor-like hooked beak, blind hole for the eye, collared neck, part of a folded wing along the back and an incomplete crescent moulding for the foot. The collar, edge of the wing, and foot are decorated with stamped annulets/pellets. The tail is slightly forked and is divided horizontally by a line of stamped annulets/pellets. The rear face has a single pin-lug at the tail end which is 'D'-shaped in…
Created on: Tuesday 13th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 21st August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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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%. Discus…
Created on: Tuesday 6th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th September 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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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
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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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