Unique ID: SF-9FC265

Object type certainty: Certain
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A decorative-headed pin (the shaft broken), probably of Roman date. The casting of the ornamental parts of the pin head, achieved in a two-piece mould, has emerged imperfectly and has not been tidied by the maker, as excess metal adheres and the 'seams' are visible and not tidied by filing. The shaft of the pin, which was curved, was oval in section at c2mmx2.5mm. Just below the head there is an expanded section 9mm long, which has a circumferent ridge at top and bottom, and a swollen rectangular central portion 3mmx4mm. Along the narrower sides of this the casting seams are visible. The narrower dimension is then waisted to 2mm, but the breadth at this point remains 4mm because of the residue of the casting seams. The head was flat beneath and domed above, but the domed area is misshapen from the casting, where excess metal has oozed from this part of the mould.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Length: 36.5 mm
Width: 4 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 3.52 g
Diameter: 8 mm
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st December 2004

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Tom Plunkett - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Dr Tom Plunkett - [view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: finders reference: 2

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]

A resized image of Pin (?Roman), casting marks remain

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Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern
County: Suffolk
District: St. Edmundsbury
To be known as: Ixworth

Spatial coordinates

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: Wednesday 9th February 2005
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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