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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Fragment of aurochs horn from drinking-horns 1939,1010.120-121, with silver and gold foil from mounts, around which is wrapped a piece of wool: for this, see 1939,1010.176.5.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 4.3 centimetres
    • Width: 1.8 centimetres
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    1 May 2006

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal



    The object had been stored in a card box with glass front, often sitting on tissue paper on top of cotton padding or a thick block of polystyrene foam. Refer to the hardcopy chart housed in a conservation envelope for the exact materials used in each case.

    Treatment details

    The object was put into a plastazote (polyethylene) block with a cut out recess lined with Tyvek (spun bonded polyoleofinin) a polystyrene box. To provide more rigid support, the plastazote was first adhered to a correx sheet (corrugated sheet of polypropylene/polyethylene copolymer) with 3M double sided tape 415 (polyester carrier, acrylic adhesive). A length of cotton twill tape was heat-sealed to the reverse using Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate, ethylene copolymer) adhesive to the underside of the correx in order to provide tabs to enable the board to be lifted out of the box easily.

    The object was then transferred to its board. If the objects had been resting on silk crepeline in their old mount, it was transferred still laying on it to minimize handling.

    Old labels were removed from the old packing and placed into a polyethylene bag labelled with the registration number which can be archived and easily referenced back to the objects. The new boxes are labelled with the registration number on the lid and side, and on the cotton twill tabs.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


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