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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Early Christians

Decorated strap-end

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

Decorated strap ends like this were very common in northern England (Northumbria) during the eighth and ninth centuries.  Similar strap ends have been discovered on Luce Sands and at a site close to Stranraer.  Finds such as these indicate trading contacts with the rest of the Kingdom of Northumbria.

 

A bronze plate which would have been attached to the end of a leather strap or band.  It is decorated with a stylised aminal head - look for the ears, eyes and snout.

Materials/Media:
bronze
Dimensions:
length 50mm, width 15mm
Source:
The Whithorn Trust
Accession number:
WIWMS Whit BZ19.3
Digital Number:
WTAC002n
Creation Date:
around 800AD
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council