PIN

Unique ID: HESH-63A7F5

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A complete worked bone hair pin, of mid Roman dating (43 AD to 410 AD).

The head of the pin is flat. The pin tapers in size from the top down to the point. Due to the degree of working, it is hard to identify what type of animal the bone has originally come from, but probably it was fashioned from a metapodial (lower leg) of a cow or sheep sized animal.

The pin measures 75.86mm in length, head diameter is 7.71mm. It weighs 4.1 grams.

Bone pins, like those made from copper alloy, jet or glass, are commonly thought to have functioned predominately as hair pins during the Roman period, with some female hairstyles requiring multiple pins to hold the hair in place. Other uses for bone pins have included clothing fasteners.

Class: hair

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Period to: ROMAN [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Length: 75.86 mm
Weight: 4.1 g
Diameter: 7.71 mm
Quantity: 1

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill - [view all attributed records]
Secondary identifier: Miss Teresa Gilmore - [ view all attributed records]

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Animal skeletal material [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Hand made [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Incomplete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of Roman: Bone hair pin

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Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands
County: Shropshire
District: Shropshire
Parish: Wroxeter And Uppington

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ5608
Four figure Latitude: 52.667915 Four figure longitude: -2.652075
1:25K map: SJ5608
1:10K map: SJ50NE
WOEID: 12602188
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Other[scope notes]
Specific landuse: Garden[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: Thursday 23rd February 2012
Updated: Tuesday 13th March 2012

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