X-Ray Images of artefacts from the site

Preliminary post excavation work will involve the x-raying of all metal finds and soil blocks containing finds as an enormous amount of detail can be gained through a good x-ray. In particular, evidence of decorative detail and technology can be gained from the bronze brooches, wrist clasps, buckles, tweezers and other finds, while many iron objects are covered in various corrosion products which obscure virtually all detail. When the x-ray has been examined, objects can be fully identified and experts dealing with the conservation, artefact and technical sides of the large finds assemblage can begin to give us a detailed opinion of what potential the material has for Anglo-Saxon studies.

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Anglo-Saxon wrist-clasps of sixth century date, made of coiled wire.
Bronze radiate-headed brooch, sixth century date, of continental origin showing the extensive social and commercial links with Germanic kingdoms across the North Sea.
Two small bronze plate brooches of sixth century date.
A bronze cruciform brooch of typical sixth century Anglian type.
Bronze annular or ring brooch of sixth century date with traces of ring and dot decoration.
Detail of an iron shield boss with silver sheet decorative appliques in the form of fish, and a plain silver disc over the top of the shield boss (the bright circular area in the top-middle of the image).

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