Record Details

NHER Number:24149
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Middle Saxon buckle


A large Middle Saxon buckle, made of copper alloy and decorated with gilding and niello inlay, found by metal detecting in 1987. The buckle may have been designed to hold a relic.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 69 36
Map Sheet:TF63NE

Full description

1987. Found with metal detecting.
Large copper alloy keyhole shaped buckle, gilded on sides and silvered surface with niello inlay; stamped ornament and confronted style two animal heads. Tongue plate may have been enamelled. Loops for bars to retain leather belt on reverse. Possibly intended to hold relic. 7th century.
See Illustration (S1).
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM) 31 July 1987.

June 1989.
Parish changed from Sedgeford to Heacham and grid reference corrected from plan provided by finder.
E. Rose (NAU) 21 June 1989

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BUCKLE (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • RELIQUARY (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: EDQ 1-18- N.
<S1>Illustration: [Unknown]. [Unknown]. Drawing of a Middle Saxon buckle. Film. Unknown.

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