Anglo-Saxon 'Type II.19b' Buckle 019110

Anglo-Saxon 'Type II.19b' Buckle 019110
Anglo-Saxon 'Type II.19b' Buckle
Silvered copper-alloy, 2.86 grams, 24.28 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A cast buckle with integral plate of Marzinzik's Type II.19b, with its tongue inserted through a circular hole in the forward edge of the plate. A single rivet pierces the plate, and the rear edge has fragmented where two holes were placed. The buckle was recovered from the Catterick area (Yorkshire) which is usually identified as the site of the late 6th or early 7th century battle of Catraeth immortalized in the Old Welsh poem Y Gododdin in which a troop of three hundred horsemen from the fortress of Din Eidyn attacked an unnamed but overwhelming enemy force and was wiped out. The case has been made for the British horsemen having set off from the area of modern Edinburgh to attack an Anglian (English) stronghold, although the poem does not mention either the location of the battle or the name of the enemy. Reference: cf. example from Catterick racecourse in Marzinzik, S. Early Anglo-Saxon Belt Buckles (Late 5th to Early 8th Centuries AD). Their Classification and Context, BAR British Series 357, Oxford, 2003 pl.110 item 2 and discussion of the poem in Cessford, C. Where are the Anglo-Saxons in the Gododdin poem? in Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History, vol. 8, Oxford, 1995. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found Catterick, Yorkshire.
 
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