Unique ID: SWYOR-201A54

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A copper alloy zoomorphic plate brooch dating from the Roman period, probably the 2nd century. The brooch is in the form of a running animal (possibly a stag) looking backwards over its shoulder. The snout is rounded; the eye is an incised pointed oval with a circular depression in the centre; the ear is another pointed oval defined by grooves and the back of the head is broken but appears to have had a projection (perhaps antlers). The body is decorated with a recessed cell filling the body and chest. The front leg is defined by moulding; the foreleg is missing. The flank of the back leg is not recessed and the lowers legs are again missing. The edges are rounded and there are transverse notches on the upper back and neck. On the reverse is a corroded double log holding a hinged pin of which only the hinge survives. The catchplate is incomplete and is at the head end. The brooch is similar in shape to an incomplete example in Hattatt, number 1417 on page 363. Compare also NMS-365796 which is also in the form of a backwards facing stag. This design seems unusual and there is only the one parallel on the database. Zoomorphic brooches of hares or hounds are more common.

Class: plate
Sub class: zoomorphic

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Length: 28.68 mm
Width: 19.3 mm
Thickness: 6.15 mm
Weight: 3.64 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 25th September 2011

Rally details.

This object was found at Castle Hedingham (Essex) 25 Sept 2011 held Sunday 25th September 2011 - Sunday 25th September 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Dr Kevin Leahy - [view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1623

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: Eastern
County: Essex
District: Braintree
Parish: Castle Hedingham

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL7835
Four figure Latitude: 51.984936 Four figure longitude: 0.590698
1:25K map: TL7835
1:10K map: TL73NE
WOEID: 26345810
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

Adjacent Domesday Book places

Domesday data within 2 km of discovery point is surfaced via the excellent Open Domesday website.

References cited

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Created: Friday 9th December 2011
Updated: Friday 9th December 2011

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