NMS-C940F1: Chain of uncertain date

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Unique ID: NMS-C940F1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Copper-alloy chain of uncertain date, but potentially Roman or early-medieval. It consists of six interlinked loops of approximately equal size, each formed of a flat strip of metal wrought into a circular tube. Four of the loops have an obvious seam or very narrow gap (a fraction of a millimetre) where their ends meet. The remaining two loops, which are internal (not at either end) and separated by one other loop, have no visible seam, despite being free of any adherent corrosion products or earth that might obscure it.

All of the loops are decorated in the same way: four low circumferential ridges on the outside (one along each edge and two in between) interspersed with three concave channels or grooves. The two outer channels are about equal in width to the ridges but the central one is about three times as wide. Gilding survives within each of the grooves on all of the loops.

No close parallels have yet been identified on this database.

Average external diameter of loops: 9.5mm. Average thickness of loops: 1.0mm. Average width of loops: 6.0mm. Length of chain when suspended from one end: 41.5mm. Weight: 5.3g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 1066

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.5 mm
Width: 9.5 mm
Thickness: 9.5 mm
Weight: 5.3 g
Diameter: 9.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 13th January 2020 - Monday 10th February 2020

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Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 23536
Other reference: KLMD022020

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Uncertain
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
Parish or ward: Beachamwell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF7505
Four figure Latitude: 52.61457342
Four figure longitude: 0.5834058
1:25K map: TF7505
1:10K map: TF70NE
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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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