Anglo-Saxon, 6th century AD
Found with a metal detector at Droxford, Hampshire in 2002
A mystery cast copper-alloy object, with much of the gilt coating surviving. A raised outer border surrounds a very stylised animal design; could it be an bird's beak? Traces of gilding on the reverse suggest that this was not a setting, but was intended to be viewed from both sides. There are no broken edges, and no trace of any means of attachment. So far, experts are baffled by this unique object, and its function remains unknown.
Portable Antiquities Scheme find number HAMP2569.