shield / rivet
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Iron disc from shield board with central rivet. Underside has one area of wood with clear grain possibly from shield board as well as thin layer against underside of rivet – possibly ?leather of shield covering. Some wood grain on rivet shank, which is broken
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Visitor Centre, SF2203, Grave 0990
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Diameter: 67 millimetres
2013 22 Mar-27 Oct, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, Before Sutton Hoo
8 September 2010
Examine, x-ray, clean, stabilise, repair and repack as necessary
The object is in good condition overall. The back side of the disc is covered with a fragile layer of mineralised skin product underneath the mineralised wood residues.Leather fibre structure is visible on some areas. The circular disc and the rivet are incomplete. Iron surface is clearly evident on some areas.There are soil deposits and roots over the surface.The front side is covered with thick layer of sandy soil, roots and vegetable matter possibly related to the burial environment. Underneath the soil layer, raised corrosion blisters are evident.
The object was examined under the microscope at up to x100 magnification. The object was mechanically cleaned using a scalpel under magnification to remove soil and iron corrosion products which were obscuring the surface. The surface details and mineralised organic remains were revealed and left intact. No consolidation has taken place, since the surface of the object is covered with mineralised wood and skin product.The object has packed in a perspex box with plastazote supports.
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.
Prehistory and Europe
- SF2203 (Small find number)
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Object reference number: MCS35074
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