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square-headed brooch

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  • Description

    Silver fragment from the centre of the head-plate of a small square-headed brooch, with a billeted border and part of the bow with a decorated panel on either side of a worn line of interlocking triangles that were originally nielloed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC(late)-6thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 16 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • TAR 2004 pps. 68-71, no. 88 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    9 July 2010

    Treatment proposal

    Clean to remove soil and corrosion. Join fragments and look for further joins.


    Surface obscured by burial deposits.

    Treatment details

    Removed burial deposits using scalpel, pin, cocktail stick. Surface cleaning with cotton wool swabs moistened with 50%/50% mixture of deionised water and industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol).

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 2004T187(70) (Treasure number)
2006,0305.7 - During conservation, half cleaned 2.

2006,0305.7 - During conservation, half cleaned 2.

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