I am possibly reading too much into it but it looks a bit big and bulky to be a purely decorative piece, at least when comparing it with things like the buckle that was found, they did like their finery it seems.
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Seen this before somewhere, asking the exact same question can't remember where though sorry. I thought it looked like some sort of locking mechanisam for a door or some such thing, could be way off the beam though
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perhaps its a smaller version of the Nebra Shield or an astronomical device that you view threw to pick out a certain star cluster i haven't checked it out but there are 3 stars in a row that looks similar to Orion's Belt. Paul Cox. Bournemouth.
I dunno, seems a bit limited and of little point to be picking out a few stars that one can just as easily spot unaided. Don't think that Orion's Belt would have held much significance either and whilst I realise that I don't have it to hand, from the pics I doubt you could use this to pick out the belt stars at all.
I saw elsewhere some speculation that it was a form of lid on a leather bag and the holes were for some leather tongs to keep it closed.
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