We expect you recognised yesterday's artefact as a musical instrument of some kind and you are quite right. The above is most of what is referred to as a fipple flute. It has been formed from a sheep tibia, which is the most common bone to be used for these instruments. They were end-blown, with a block or fipple inserted at the upper end. Although quite rudimentary in design these are rare finds, thought to date to the Late Saxon period. Our example was discovered by Mike Wa
If you thought this beauty was a brooch that you would have worn, you are correct! You can see from the back that although the pin is lost the simple catch plate is still in situ and looks just as many brooches still do today. The signs of rust corrosion indicate that the pin was made from iron, but the actual brooch is copper-alloy. There are even hints of gold remaining here and there revealing that the brooch had a gilt covering originally. Stylistically these domed disc b
This amazing artefact was created during the Iron Age. Cast from bronze it is known as a terret ring and was used to guide the horse’s reins on chariots and waggons. Come back soon for another challenge!
Today’s mystery artefact may have you thinking so here are a couple of clues to help you along. It pre-dates our Anglo-Saxon settlement site by quite some time and it has a connection with transport. So, what do you think it is? Back tomorrow with the answer 😉
If you thought the artefact above looked like animal bone, you are quite right. But this is no ordinary bone knife handle. The terminal has been carved to represent an animal head. This form of zoomorphic decoration was common in the Anglo-Saxon period. Interestingly this lovely find was almost overlooked. It was a wet day and it had been put into a bulk finds tray as no hint of a decoration could be seen beneath the soil and mud that adhered to it. It was only after careful
Yesterday's mystery artefact is in fact a hooked tag, used to fasten clothing. We still use similar objects today. This beautiful example was found in Trench 6 in 2008. It is in extremely good condition and still shows traces of silvering or tinning which once coated the copper-alloy. Stylistically this little hooked tag probably dates to the later Anglo-Saxon period, 9th-11th century. How did you do? Come back tomorrow for another challenge 😊 Yesterday's mystery artefact is
Hopefully not too difficult today. What do you think this little item is? It is complete and that is a turned back hook at the bottom. Usual questions: What was it used for? What is it made of? How old is it? Come back tomorrow for the answers 😉