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Unique ID: HAMP-47B5C4

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

A cast copper alloy Roman lock component in the form of a duck, with closed wings which are delineated by incised lines, and a tail with a recessed top to separate from the wing tips. The base of the bird has a small ridge around its circumference. The beak and neck have incised line decoration to accentuate the features and the eyes are circular, 4mm in diameter and have red coral inlays. The base is flat with a large central projection that has a rectangular cross section, 7.5mm wide by 4.1mm thick and tapers slightly. The terminal has a pair of opposed cutaways behind the tip. These likely connected with a component under the lock plate to open the catch.


A comparable example from Augst in Switzerland (Augusta Raurica) is published in Riha (2001). This was found in situ with a lock plate, demonstrating its function.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.6 mm
Height: 46.2 mm
Width: 15.5 mm
Weight: 21.63 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 7th September 2021

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Basingstoke and Deane (District)
To be known as: Winslade

Spatial coordinates

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

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Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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