PAS Review: week ended 11 June 2021

PAS Review: week ended 11 June 2021

A round-up of some of the finds recorded at the PAS for the week ended 11 June. There were 330 finds recorded in this week. Up to a couple of weeks ago, the number of finds recorded was about 150 per week. The increase would suggest that more people have been able to get out detecting.

Featured Find

Anglo-Saxon figurine

Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By 2.0
Object type: Figurine
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 12/12/2020
Location: West Berkshire

A copper-alloy Anglo-Saxon figurine that the PAS have designated as a Find of Note: Regional Importance. It is suggested that the features of the figurine indicate a male bearded figure, wearing boots and trousers and perhaps a headdress. The backward thumbs are unique amongst PAS finds.

Selection of other finds

Photo: North Lincolnshire Museum CC By SA2.0

Finger ring

A finger ring formed from a single strand of copper-alloy wire. The PAS record indicates that given the neatness of the work, this ring is more likely to be Roman or Anglo Saxon, rather than Viking.
Photo: North Lincolnshire Museum CC By SA2.0

Iron Age Bridle Fitting

A bridle fitting dating to 300 BC – AD 100. The circular openwork plate is cast from copper-alloy and attached to an iron pin. This composite construction is typical of horse-gear of the period and combined the decorative appearance of the copper-alloy with the strength of iron.
Photo: Birmingham Museums Trust CC By 2.0

Medieval Padlock

A copper-alloy tubular padlock dating to 1150 – 1300 designated a Find of Note: County importance. It is in two parts (now fused together): the bolt slid into the barrel and was held in place by barb-springs. These were released by inserting a key into a specially shaped keyhole at the top of the barrel.
Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By 2.0

Nauheim Derivative Brooch

A copper-alloy Nauheim derivative brooch. This type of brooch of the first century AD are simple one-piece brooches where the bow, spring and catchplate are all made from a single piece of metal’. It’s a Find of Note: County/local importance.
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