Record Details

NHER Number:28493
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Viking brooch and multi-period metal objects

Summary

Extensive metal detecting at this location during the period 1991-92 recovered a diverse selection of metal artefacts. Finds included a cast bronze sheep’s head from a Roman or medieval figurine, a Middle Saxon gilt bronze pin-head reused as a mount, a 10th century trefoil Viking brooch, part of an Early Saxon cast bronze ring and a post medieval groat of Mary I.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 21 25
Map Sheet:TG22NW
Parish:BURGH AND TUTTINGTON, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1991, September or earlier. Metal detector finds
?Roman/Medieval cast bronze sheep's head with long neck, broken from figurine. Photographed.
Medieval bronze circular harness pendant, broken suspension loop. Traces of red enamel. Worn animal, possibly lion guardant.
Middle Saxon gilt bronze lozengiform ?pin-head; reused as mount with three secondarily drilled rivet holes with traces of iron pins. Chip-carved decoration in form of interlace in four lozengiform fields in arms of saltire cross. Border 'ribbed' with pairs of engraved lines. Outer angles broken off, except for one, with narrow collar, which may be top of shaft. Broken in antiquity. To be photographed.
Information from member of the public [1].
Identifications by S. Margeson (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NAU) 7 October 1991

October 1991. Metal detecting in same area as before.
10th century trefoil Viking brooch, one complete arm and two fragmentary. Decorated with very stylised leaves. Lug and traces of catchplate on reverse; traces of iron pin. Photographed.
Early medieval cast bronze fitting. D-shaped with neck and expanded base. Around narrow bar a narrow strip is folded to form an attachment clip with two rivets at open end. Moulded ends to narrow bar.
Medieval gilt bronze attachment bar for pendant with ribbed circular terminals pierced to take rivets. In centre H-shaped lug to suspend pendant. ?horse furniture.
Medieval bronze buckle plate with textile fragments. Rope-twist border of repousee work.
Undated fragment of partly melted-down bronze with two disc-headed rivets and part of a loop.
Information from member of the public [1].
Identifications by S. Margeson (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NAU).

November 1991. Further finds over a larger area.
?Early Saxon cast bronze ring. Diameter approximately 47mm, about 50% surviving.
Medieval bronze belt fitting with reinforcement strip at one end. Two rivets, one with rove and 'ogee' shaped terminal.
Medieval gilt bronze cylindrical 'bead'.
Information from member of the public [1].
Identifications by S. Margeson (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NAU) 2 December 1991

December 1991.
Groat of Mary 1553-1554 (mint mark: pomegranate).
Information from member of the public [1].
Identified by J. Davies (NCM) 10 January 1992.
J. Davies (NCM) 10 January 1992.

1992. Further metal detector finds.
Medieval French jetton. 14th-15th century. Moor's Head type Mitchener 368.
16th century bronze hooked fitting for sword belt, with suspension ring in hook.
Information from member of the public [1].
Jetton identified by J. Davies (NCM).
Fitting identified by S. Margeson (NCM).
J. Davies (NCM) 4 February 1992.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman to 19th Century - 43 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • FIGURINE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • RING (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • FURNITURE FITTING (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • PIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • BROOCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BEAD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FIGURINE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HARNESS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PENDANT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOKEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Ashley, S. 2002. Medieval Armorial Horse Furniture in Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 101.
---Photograph: 1991. MAQ 29-31, Middle Saxon gilt bronze pin-head..
---Photograph: 1991. MAQ 33-34, Romano British/Medieval cast bronze sheep's head..
---Photograph: 1991. LBL 13-15, Late Saxon trefoil brooch..

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