Find Spot record IPS 092 - Westerfield, Ipswich, (IAS 8305).

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Artefact scatter - suggested possible fair/market site.


Grid reference Centred TM 1660 4689 (649m by 479m)
Map sheet TM14NE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

1977-1994: Various metal detecting finds.

Various scattered finds found, include balancing arm from steelyard, two 1st or 2nd Century spines of brooches, disc brooch fragment and intaglio of Mars(?) in gold bezel (Rom?), sestertius of Hadrian and denarius of Septimus Severus.

Late Saxon? buckle and bronze fragment of backward looking lion from stirrup strap mount of Williams class A, type 11 of circa 11th century date. 10th Century Anglo- Scandinavian version of `Borre-Style' interlace, with niello & red enamel [cloisonne?] inlays in circular centre and three main lobes.

Pottery scatter, coins (mainly Henry III & Edward I) etc, found with metal detector.

Suggested as possible fair/market site.

See (S1-S4).

An incomplete cast copper-alloy bridle fitting or cheekpiece of late Early-Medieval date. A fragment from one corner of the fitting survives, the remainder now missing due to old breaks. It is roughly rectangular in form with an incomplete rectangular projection or arm to one side, short incomplete triangular projection to the top(?) and incomplete lower edge. The one complete side has a semi-circular moulding at the base of the fragment, with a triangular projection above, while the opposite side of the plate has curving edges that suggest it originally had openwork (circular?) perforations or decoration. The back face is flat and undecorated, while the front face has incised decoration that is perhaps zoomrphic in nature. This comprises a incised border with a spiral that is oval at its centre towards the semi-circular moulding at the complete edge of the plate. Pairs of grooves fill the remaining areas of the front face extending onto the incomplete rectangular arm. It measures 22.19mm in length, 24.38mm in width, 3.98mm in thickness and 8.52g in weight.This cheekpiece fragment is of Early-Medieval date and demonstrates decoration and form that is of Anglo-Scandinavian influence. The decoration on the front face probably depicts an animal or beast of some kind, however not enough of the cheekpiece survives intact to allow for an accurate reconstruction or identification of what this may have been. (S5)

(S1) Is assorted correspondence, reports images and files, and mapped locations of finds.

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Source Unchecked: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Finds list, (IPS 092), November 1987, maps. Finds list, (IPS 092), November 1987, maps.
  • <S2> Finds Report: Plouviez, J.. 1995. SCCAS Finds Record:. SAU, Plouviez J, finds report, IPS 092, circa 1987, ill.
  • <S3> Index: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. 1974. Ipswich Archaeological Survey Card Index (digital version).. IAS 8305.
  • <S4> Index: Suffolk Archaeology Unit. 1974. SAU index card and Archive. IAS 8305.
  • <S5> Digital archive: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. Portable Antiquities Database.

Finds (31)

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Nov 28 2022 1:10PM

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