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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.94.M.2

  • Description

    Box of wood from shield strip 1939,1010.94.M.1, with several fragments of gold foil, some adhering, decorated with dot and interlace patterns.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 October 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair & repack as necessary.

    Condition

    Wood and gold foil fragments are in fragile condition. Packing is inadequate.

    Treatment details

    Some of the wood fragments were reconstructed by using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). Gold foils were consolidated by using 5 % Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/ Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) 50:50 and backed on a piece of nylon gossamer with 30% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/ Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) 50:50. All fragments were packed in a small crystal box with a plastazote padding.

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.94.M.2

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