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DEV-A14DAB: Roman brooch: developed T shaped

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BROOCH

Unique ID: DEV-A14DAB

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete copper alloy Roman brooch, probably dating to c. AD 60-150.

The wings, bow and catchplate all survive, the pin is missing. The overall impression is extremely robust, with all elements almost exaggerated in girth. The wings are cylindrical in shape, with three slender grooves running around their circumference on each side of the gow. The bow is thickened with a marked central ridge when it first rises from the wings, although this flattens along its length in spite of its remaining consistently triangular in cross section. This ridge is emphasiesed by a raised rectangular strip which, while subtle, is cleraly present along its legnth. On the underside is  a clear channel on the upper part of the bow, but this fades out and becomes consistent by its apex. The catchplate, while missing its flange and damaged, is triangular in shape. It is notably decorated with two circles on each side, possibly cells for enamel which is now missing. 

Bayley and Butcher (2004: 94) no. 224, which they date to the mid 1st century, is very similar, although it is unlikely that this example possessed such a pronounched footknob. It is more likely related to the south western variants on the T-shape form. 

Measurements: 51.3mm length, 37.5mm width (wingspan), 7.9mm width (bow), 4.6mm thickness, weight 20.5g.

Class: Developed T-shaped
Sub class: South Western variant

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 60
Date to: Circa AD 150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 51.3 mm
Width: 37.5 mm
Thickness: 4.6 mm
Weight: 20.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st March 2020 - Saturday 5th September 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 018807

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Sedgemoor (District)
To be known as: Bawdrip CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Updated: 11 months ago

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