‘Viking’ antler comb, Shotley

An incomplete antler comb of Scandinavian type, dating to the 9th century AD. The Shotley comb is a rare survivor and represents only the third example of its type known from Britain. Manufactured from a piece of antler, it represents only one side-plate of the object, the rest missing in old damage. Decoration in theContinue reading “‘Viking’ antler comb, Shotley”

Medieval Silver Gilt Finger Ring, Finningham

A silver gilt finger ring dating to the late Medieval period, c. 1400-1500. This particular form of ring is iconographic, meaning that it displays artistic images strongly connected with religious belief. It is an ornate piece, manufactured in silver and then lavishly gilded so as to give the impression of being solid gold. The baseContinue reading “Medieval Silver Gilt Finger Ring, Finningham”

Roman Lead Curse Tablet, Lidgate

A Roman lead alloy inscribed curse tablet from the Lidgate area, probably of second to third century date. In the Roman world, the nature of religious belief in a living pantheon of gods and goddesses with decidedly human vices laid the path for concurrent beliefs in magic, witchcraft, spells, interference of deities in the humanContinue reading “Roman Lead Curse Tablet, Lidgate”

Charles II Gold Guinea, Newmarket

A gold guinea struck for King Charles II, dating to exactly 1666 and found in the Newmarket area. The coin is well preserved and relatively unworn. The edge of the coin demonstrates closely spaced vertical grooves which indicates that this coin has been milled (pressed in a machine) rather than hammered or hand-struck between twoContinue reading “Charles II Gold Guinea, Newmarket”

Gaming Pieces, Exning

Seventeen gaming pieces were discovered in the grave of a female toddler (Grave 5) buried at the Exning Anglo-Saxon cemetery, dating to the late 6th to early 7th century AD. All but one of the pieces recovered from the grave were made from antler or animal bone. Four different styles of gaming piece were identified,Continue reading “Gaming Pieces, Exning”

Anglo-Saxon Boat burial, Snape

This boat burial (Grave 47) was excavated from an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Snape. This burial belongs to a young, even adolescent, man and dates to the c. 6th Century AD. It is certain that the man was of high social standing despite his young age, as he was buried within a log boat adorned withContinue reading “Anglo-Saxon Boat burial, Snape”

Keystone Garnet Disc Brooch, Carlton Colville

A magnificent, nearly complete keystone garnet disc brooch was excavated from a grave (Grave 23) which was part of the 7th century Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Bloodmoor Hill, Carlton Colville. This is a local East Anglian made brooch copying the Kentish keystone disc brooches made during the late 6th–early 7th century. The brooch was discovered inContinue reading “Keystone Garnet Disc Brooch, Carlton Colville”

Figurative Animal Pin Heads, Staunch Meadow, Brandon

All the pins date to the 8th-9th Century AD. Some of the depictions on these pins are so abstract that the animal they represent remains a bit of a mystery. Found at the Anglo-Saxon monastic site at Staunch Meadow, Brandon, the three pins (Sf 2161, Sf 2163 and Sf 2297) have flat heads decorated withContinue reading “Figurative Animal Pin Heads, Staunch Meadow, Brandon”

Roman Pottery, Long Melford

A selection of pottery recovered from a group of burials excavated at Long Melford Primary School in 2012. The site produced evidence of a small-scale settlement where craft production and crop cultivation were taking place. The pots are types of Roman table ware and date to the 1st-2nd century BC. Cremation 0254This decorated Samian wareContinue reading “Roman Pottery, Long Melford”

Saxon Escutcheon, Elmswell

During a metal detecting survey over Langwell Bush and Church Field in Elmswell this beautifully decorated escutcheon (hanging bowl mount) was discovered. This particular example dates to the Early Saxon period and would have been deposited within a burial. The escutcheon is made from copper alloy and measures 31mm in diameter and only 2-3mm thick.Continue reading “Saxon Escutcheon, Elmswell”