This copper alloy ingot was found at the Little Chester Roman fort site near the Roman defences of Derby. This item, alongside others found in the ditches and structures close to the Roman defences, suggests a high level of activity in the area and a significant early medieval presence at this stronghold. Being found in proximity to a stone mould, it is likely that this ingot was used for metalworking, probably of jewellery. Similar ingots are known from Viking period contexts in northern Europe, as at Birka and Lund.
- circa 700 — 1100
- Viking Objects
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery
- bullion, copper_alloy, Derby, Derby_Museums, Derbyshire, Industry, ingot, jewellery, Little Chester, metal_working
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Sparey-Green, Christopher, et al., ‘Excavations on the south eastern defences and extramural settlement of Little Chester, Derby, 1971-2,’Derbyshire Archaeological Journal 122 (2002) 1-326, at pp. 150, 257.