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Re-evaluating base-metal artifacts: an inscribed lead strap-end from Crewkerne, Somerset

  • Gabor Thomas (a1), Naomi Payne (a2) and Elisabeth Okasha (a3)


Strap-ends represent the most common class of dress accessory known from late Anglo-Saxon England. At this period, new materials, notably lead and its alloys, were being deployed in the manufacture of personal possessions and jewellery. This newly found strap-end adds to the growing number of tongue-shaped examples fashioned from lead dating from this period. It is, however, distinctive in being inscribed with a personal name. The present article provides an account of the object and its text, and assesses its general significance in the context of a more nuanced interpretation of the social status of lead artefacts in late Anglo-Saxon England.



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