LINCH PIN

Unique ID: DUR-E3DC87

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Cast copper alloy Iron Age/ Roman linch pin terminal, which is the foot of the pin., c.100BC- 100 AD in date.

The foot has a deep circular socket, inside a cylindrical, slightly tapering shaft. This aperture would have held the iron pin, which has long since corroded away. Traces of this iron pin can be seen in the socket. At the socket is a moulded collar consisting of a concave band running the circumference of the The exterior of the shaft tapers down to the opposite terminal, to where it flares into a pointed oval head plate. The reverse of the head has a central raised ridge, the front is flat and is decorated in relief with the panels infilled with enamel, most of which is now missing. The decoration is assymetrical with a tear-drop shape at the lower terminal, and a circle at the top end of the plate. The tear-drop has a triangle taken from the end, and a circle with with a dot in the centre above at the rounded end. This dot would have been infilled with enamel. The circle has the same dot at the lower edge, nearest the tear-drop, this time some red enamel remains. The circle then has a small open triangle above. It is likely the field outside the circle and tear-drop would have been filled with enamel also but none remains.

Notes:

Sometimes this shaped terminal of a composite linch pin is known as 'hoof' type terminal (Hutcheson, N. 2004 Later Iron Age Norfolk: Metalwork, landscape and society B.A.R. 361 p. 109). Hutcheson illustrates similar examples, No. 46, and dates these to circa 100BC to circa 100AD. The closest local parallels can be seen in Stead, p44-6. These examples were found in cemetery contexts in East Yorkshire.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Period to: ROMAN [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Length: 31.31 mm
Width: 12.84 mm
Thickness: 9.28 mm
Weight: 14.2 g
Diameter: 9.28 mm
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st June 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Frances McIntosh - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Miss Frances McIntosh - [view all attributed records]

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Cast [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Incomplete [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel [scope notes | view all attributed records]

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Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire And The Humber
County: North Yorkshire
District: Richmondshire
To be known as: Ravensworth

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Cultivated land[scope notes]
Specific landuse: Character undetermined[scope notes]

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Created: Monday 13th September 2010
Updated: Wednesday 8th December 2010

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