shield / rivet
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Iron disc from shield board with central rivet. Upper surface has traces of wood and small patches of degraded and mineralised textile adhering, underside has thin layer of mineralised ?leather. Plus a capsule with iron fragments.
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Visitor Centre, SF2202, Grave 0990
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Diameter: 68 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 of the disc is covered with a fragile layer of mineralised skin product underneath a tiny amount of mineralised wood residues. Leather fibre structure is visible on some areas. The shield applique is damaged and incomplete. The iron rivet is missing. The front side is covered with thick layer of sandy soil and some vegetable roots from burial. Note there is a largely complete leaf present (looks like a fern). Similar leaves are also present on sf2203. This may relate to burial practice. Underneath the soil layer, raised corrosion blisters are evident but a clear surface is visible.
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 was packed in a perspex box with plastazote supports. Loose fragments of wood were readhered using HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate).
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
- SF2202 (Small find number)
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Object reference number: MCS35073
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