ShareHistory

? Create Your Free Account Now   |   Sign In   |  

Store and share your history in this international archive. Free, flexible & easy to use.

Mar 26, 2014
Recent Metal Detected Finds In Shropshire

In the latest newsletter from the Shropshire Archaeological and History Society, Peter Reavill highlights three recent finds. The first is a fob, hanger or dangler of later Iron Age Date, from the Baschurch area. The date is from 100BC-AD 80 and the number is HESH-D89587 on www.finds.org.uk. made of cast copper alloy it is circular in shape with a strange whirligig design. It is suggested that it may be a harness decoration  which hangs, one can imagine it would have been very pretty as it caught the light.

The second item (HESH-93EAD7) is a Roman plate brooch, a cast alloy disc with spoke-like decoration and which was gilded. The importance of this brooch is its rarity, especially in Shropshire. It dates from the late Roman period, AD 75-200.

But my favourite of the three has to be a Sceatta, an early medieval coin from the Albrighton area (HESH-OFD355.) This is only the tenth early Saxon Sceatta to be known in Shropshire so it is extremely important. Thought to be a contemporary copy and dating from about AD680-710, this little coin has a lot of decoration. On the one side a diadem crowned king's head and on the other a bird sitting on a cross. The exciting thing is to imagine what will be found next. The Saxon hoard made a serious rethink of Saxon history necessary and each find adds another piece to help us understand a little more of the distant past.

This site is privately funded. If you would like to towards the extension of this archive we can digitise more and still keep access free.