Anglo-Saxon CSI: Sittingbourne

Mystery Object update…
May 22, 2010, 11:34 am
Filed under: Conservation, Grave Objects

This isn’t really new news as the image was posted up a couple of months ago, but I completely missed it!

Following a topic about the CSI: “mystery object” on Ða Engliscan Gesiðas (The English Companions) discussion group forum, “the society for people interested in all aspects of Anglo-Saxon language and culture”, this image was posted by Æscwine (aka John Wills).

Suggestion to the likelihood of the "mystery object"

Here is John’s theory and what he had to say;

“Looking at all the possibilities I think we can discount a brooch as a leather and wood backing on a brooch does seem right at all. Why would a piece of horse tack have wood on it? If it was a scabbard or sheath fitting then where is the weapon? If it is a “plain” shield decoration or repair where is the shield boss and the associated rivets?

It looks to me to be part of a belt pouch, I suggest that it was pouch similar to the Sutton Hoo purse, i.e. one with a “hard lid” with a soft bag behind. If this is the case then the lid was made of a thin sheet of wood covered in leather and this disk fitted to the front of the lid. The three holes had thongs woven through them which then came out through the centre hole to act as a fastener.

It’s a bit of a stab in the dark but if it was anything else then where is the rest of it? If leather and wood have survived then I find it improbable that a seax, sword, shield boss would corrode away leaving just this or that the guys putting this chap in the ground would put an empty sheath or half a shield in with their kin. This leaves it as an attachment to a reinforce leather object and down by the hand at the side of the body it just screams purse/pouch, the chap was hardly wearing a wooden belt or trousers!”

In my limited knowledge I think this is a very credible suggestion from John.  Do you agree with his suggestion or do you reckon he’s talking rubbish?  Why not leave your own suggestion or any other information that you think may help.

Also, if you would like to find out more about Ða Engliscan Gesiðas why not visit the website?  There are regional groups and a quarterly periodical is published for members.  Click here to discover more. 

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