This dig has been incredible, and today was particularly exciting. I was tasked to dig a square in the midden spread (trash heap), and I discovered some thrilling finds, including this square headed brooch.
It was made of a copper alloy in the late 5th century (right after the fall of the Western Roman Empire). It has a lot of wear on the back, and was well used before being discarded (though it’s still in remarkable condition). It might have been thrown away because the pin had broken, or maybe it was thrown away as a deliberate sacrifice.
You can read more about the whole project, including some FANTASTIC AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS, at the project blog: http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/lyminge/