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shield / rivet

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Iron rivet, possibly from shield (2001,0103.15a-f). Some wood grain and evidence of washer.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 10 millimetres
  • Exhibition history


    2013 22 Mar-27 Oct, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, Before Sutton Hoo

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    8 September 2010

    Treatment proposal

    Examine, x-ray, clean, stabilise, repair and repack as necessary


    The object is in good condition overall. It is covered with sand from excavation. It has mineralised wood and leather remains present which are fragile. The rivet is complete.

    Treatment details

    The object was examined under the microscope at up to x40 magnification.It was cleaned using a scalpel under magnification to remove the soil. The object was packed in plastazote and stored with silica gel as a desiccant in a sealed stewart box.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Finds were discovered during the archaeological excavations before the Visitor Centre was constructed. The National trust donated all of the finds to the British Museum.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • SF2208 (Small find number (duplicate SF number))
Iron rivet, possibly from shield (2001,0103.15a-f). Some wood grain and evidence of washer.



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