BROOCH

Unique ID: WILT-763D25

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find waiting to be validated

An incomplete Roman (AD 150-250) copper alloy knee brooch of the tubular headed type, with spring mechanism and missing its lower bow and horizontal catchplate. It measures 26.55mm in length and weighs 6.44g.

The wings are tubular and C-shaped in profile, with a circular lug at either end, measuring 18.10mm. The chord passes under the spring, within the tubular housing. The pin, and possibly one coil, is missing. A concretion of some kind (presumably metal) covers much of the spring.

The bow extends in an accentuated curve. It is rectangular in section and measures 10.64x2.29mm in front of the wings, with a ridge flanking the join. The bow narrows to 8.36x1.97mm at its base, with another ridge, before narrowing and curving backwards into the lower bow, where there is an old, worn break (6.29x1.60mm).

Knee brooches are described by Bayley & Butcher (2004 Roman Brooches in Britain: A technological and Typological Study Based on the Richborough Collection Society of Antiquaries, page 179) as Late Bow Brooches and are a continental type, best known from the forts of the German limes. The authors state that knee brooches were also found in forts in Britain but have a wider distribution; 'some types seem to be British products and to be decorative rather than utilitarian'. Knee brooches date from 150 - 250 AD (Worrell, S. 2007 'Roman Brooch Timeline' North-West PAS Newsletter). Cf.Hattatt 2007, A Visual Catalogue of Richard Hattatt's Ancient Brooches, fig.194 no.1227. Hattatt comments this is of Hull's Type 175 and native to Britain.

Class: Knee

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 150
Date to: Circa AD 250

Dimensions and weight

Length: 26.55 mm
Width: 18.1 mm
Weight: 6.44 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st September 2011 - Wednesday 30th November 2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds - [view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Salisbury Museum Entry Form 3786

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Incomplete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of Roman Knee brooch

Image use policy

You can use our images unless stated otherwise under a CC BY-SA licence.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West
County: Wiltshire
District: Wiltshire
To be known as: Idmiston

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: WILT-EA7B66
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
An incomplete Roman (AD 150-250) copper alloy knee brooch of the tubular headed type, with spring mechanism and horizontal catchplate. It is m…
Workflow: On reviewFind on review - not available to the public

Find number: WILT-8308D4
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
An incomplete Roman (AD 150-250) tinned copper alloy knee brooch of the tubular headed type, with spring mechanism and horizontal catchplate.…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind waiting to be validated

Find number: WILT-E35488
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
An incomplete Roman (AD 150-250) tinned copper-alloy knee brooch. Only a fragment of the bow survives. It measures 26.22mm in length, 11.75mm…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind waiting to be validated

Spotted a mistake? Tell us. Be the first to comment

Comment on this artefact's record

Data entered via this form is checked against the akismet service to recognise spam.

Enter your comments:

* This will not be displayed to the public.

* Not compulsory

The following HTML tags can be used - a,p,ul,li,em,strong,br,img,a - and paragraphs will be automatically created

Audit data

Created: Monday 19th March 2012
Updated: Tuesday 20th March 2012

This page is available in: qrcode json xml geojson rdf representations.

Social Bookmarking: