Chemical Composition: XRF data from Artax 1
Alloy: Mixed Copper Alloy
Alloying Elements: copper, tin, zinc
Other Elements: lead, iron
K. Eremin, January 2014
Technical Observations: The dark brown surface of the strap end is pitted by corrosion and was cleaned after excavation. Some lumps of green corrosion product remain. The end that would have attached to the strap is missing, and a friable reddish-brown material—which might be burial accretions, colored wax, or corrosion—is trapped in the recesses.
The object was probably cast. The metal surface on the front of the strap end preserves many crisp details of the original decoration, formed by pointed round, circular, and crescent-shaped punches in the metal. It is not clear whether the parallel diagonal marks on the beveled edge near the arrow-shaped tip are file marks from cleaning or the remains of decorative markings. The back has a much rougher surface, perhaps more representative of what the front looked like when it was excavated.
Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 2012)