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    Copper alloy buckle, complete, forming a pair with buckle 1939,1010.150. The loop is oval shaped and circular in cross-section, and is bent back behind the buckle-plate. The tongue is oblong in cross-section, and arches onto the loop from the buckle-plate. The buckle-plate is rectangular, comprising a sheet of copper alloy folded back to form the upper and lower plates of the buckle, and a loop to hold the buckle-loop. The buckle-plate is attached to the edge of leather strap 1939,1010.151a with three dome-headed rivets. The buckle is very corroded and green. Excavated from Area C and shoes complex.


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    • early 7thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 3 centimetres (plate and loop)
    • Width: 1.8 centimetres (plate)
    • Width: 2.9 centimetres (loop)
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 553c-d bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

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    Excavated 1939

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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