PAS Review: week ended 9 July 2021

PAS Review: week ended 9 July 2021

A round-up of some of the finds recorded at the PAS for the week ended 9 April. There were 322 finds recorded in this week, including 3 Treasure finds and 3 Finds of Note. 

Featured Find

Anglo-Saxon button brooch

Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By 2.0
Object type: Brooch
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 01/07/2021
Location: Winchester, Hampshire

A gilded copper alloy button brooch of Suzuki (2008) class B1dating to the late 5th to 6th Century AD. It has been donated to Winchester City Museum by the detectorist who found it.

Selection of other finds

Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By 2.0

Anglo-Saxon brooch

An incomplete cast copper alloy bow brooch dating to 5th Century AD. It is described as a “small long brooch” and has been designated as a Find of Note: County importance.
Photo: Bristol City Council CC VY SA2.0

Gold finger ring

The inside is engraved with ‘Be trv in harte’ (be true in heart). The lettering style suggests that this ring dates to 1650 – 1750 and so as it probably is over 300 years old, it is being considered as Treasure.
Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By 2.0

Penannular Ring

A Bronze Age penannular ring dating to c. 1300 – 800 BC. Only the copper-alloy core remains with a trace of gilding. Some examples are solid gold. There is some debate as to whether these were a form of money or jewelry and whether they were worn in the hair or on the ears or nose.
Photo: North Lincolnshire Museum CC By SA2.0

Medieval bird feeder

The PAS records this as a bird feeder dating to 1200 – 1500 AD. Bird feeders normally have one flat edge, typically in a D shape, to allow them to attach to the birdcage. Small lead vessels of similar form could be inkwells, cup weights or dice shakers. The object is undergoing further examination at North Lincolnshire Museum.
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