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rivet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1991,0411.2863

  • Description

    Iron rivet: Two pairs of rivets with traces of mineralised leather and wood from the decayed shield board. Each rivet has a flat, round head and a washer near the base. Leather, less than 1mm thick, survives to either side of the wood, showing that the shield was covered front and back with leather and its thickness where pierced by these four rivets was 15mm. Two of the rivets are joined by corrosion and lie with their heads virtually touching. Three of the four rivets preserve excellent woodgrain.

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 15 millimetres
    • Diameter: 15 millimetres (head)
    • Diameter: 5 millimetres (shank)
  • Bibliography

    • Carver 2005 p.245.12b bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2002 12 Mar-present, Suffolk, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, 'Burial Ground of the Kings', LT Loan.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1991

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1982-1992. Excavation funded by The British Museum and the Society of Antiquaries, London.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1991,0411.2863

  • Additional IDs

    • 48/8308
    • 48/8309

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