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Copper-alloy hoop with organic remains

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posted on 26.10.2021, 19:45 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Bronze hoop, diam c. 4cm. A strip of sheet bronze about 6mm wide, bent into a hoop with the ends lapped over and held by one of the rivets. There are three of these, spaced evenly around the ring: they are very strong, with solid rounded head on the outer side of the hoop, and with long shanks penetrating the bronze and going straight into the interior of the ring for 5-8mm, before the shaft is pent at a right angle parallel with the axis of the ring. Clearly this hoop has enclosed a wooden object of some thickness, but with hollow centre, for rivets have clearly been tapped over. Faussett noted wood and leather adhering when found, and thought it had encircled an object of wood covered in leather, he thought a staff, but this would not have been hollow. A mount for a crude cup or drinking horn with a very narrow neck? Unlikely?

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Grave ID

Kingston Down Grave 129

Object ID

M6179

Catalogue Number

M 6179

Material

copper alloy, organic (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; bronze, wood) (Antiquarian Material; brass, wood, leather)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

other miscellaneous, unidentified (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; hoop) (Antiquarian Keyword; ferrule)

Status

extant

Location

National Museums Liverpool

Collection

Mayer Collection

Original Collection

Faussett

Category ID

misc

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