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Tools & technology in Anglo-Saxon England

Six disc brooches

Diameter: 6.100 cm (min.)
Diameter: 6.100 cm (min.)
Weight: 28.700 g (min.)
Weight: 28.700 g (min.)

M&ME 1980,10-8,1-6

Six disc brooches

From: Pentney, Norfolk, England
Date: early 9th century AD

These brooches were buried to keep them safe, but then never dug up again. They are in such good condition that they could have been buried by the silversmith who made them - only the smallest one seems to have been worn. Amazingly, you can still see the pin on the larger one. This is normally the first thing to fall off when a brooch gets old.

The decoration shows what fine craftsmen the Anglo-Saxons were. Can you see the hidden animals on two of the brooches? Some of the brooches seem to have been made to wear together - can you find two pairs that match?