Record Details

NHER Number:50106
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Saxon horse harness mount


A Carolingian cruciform harness mount was found whilst gardening sometime prior to September 2006.


  • Late Saxon strap distributor from NHER 50106  © Norfolk County Council


Grid Reference:TL 8645 8229
Map Sheet:TL88SE

Full description

Before 22 September 2006. Casual Find.
A Carolingian cruciform harness mount was found while gardening. It is a cast copper alloy mount with four equally sized arms decorated with moulded acanthus-derived ornament. The reverse is quite corroded, but x-rays(S2) have identified a pierced lug has on one arm and a scar indicating a matching lug on the opposing arm. The shape of the object has been compared to 9th century strap distributors from Southampton (S4) and West Rudham (NHER 32133), but the fixings of the back of this piece are inappropriate for a distributor and it is much more likely to have been a mount fixed over the crossing point of two straps.
See description, (S1)-(S4) in file and (S5).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 5 February 2007.
Updated H. Hamilton (NLA), 25 July 2008.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon to Late Saxon - 651 AD to 1065 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HARNESS MOUNT (Middle Saxon to Late Saxon - 651 AD to 1065 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S2>X-ray: X-rays.
<S3>Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph. MHX 32-37.
<S4>Correspondence: Ager, B.. 2006. Letter regarding Carolingian strap-distributor from Thetford. 23 October.
<S5>Illustration: Gibbons, J.. 2006. Drawing of a Middle/Late Saxon strap distributor.. Film. 2:1.

Related records - none

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