LEIC-C350F2: Minature votive axe

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MINIATURE OBJECT

Unique ID: LEIC-C350F2

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A complete Roman copper alloy votive axe, dating to AD 43 - 410. The object is a miniaturised axe case in one piece. It includes a handle that is oval in cross section above which is an axehead that projects from the handle. The larger projection expands in width and slightly curves downwards. The smaller projection expands only slightly and has a squared of end. There is a further rectangular projection, representing the handle above the axehead. The lower handle is bent slightly. 
Length: 25 mm
Width: 19 mm
Weight: 2.6 g

Edward Casswell comments on OXON-7BE066: Miniature objects have been interpreted as votives offered at Roman temples and shrines. Although they have often been assumed to be an exclusively Roman phenomenon, it is possible that some examples may be of earlier date. Similar examples on the database include NMS-200B65,  BUC-79A87B and  particularly SUR-B86F3C. A published example can be seen from the excavations at Baldock, (Stead and Rigby 1986).

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Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25 mm
Width: 19 mm
Weight: 2.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 28th August 2021

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Hinckley and Bosworth (District)
Parish or ward: Sutton Cheney (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK3801
Four figure Latitude: 52.60546129
Four figure longitude: -1.44031794
1:25K map: SK3801
1:10K map: SK30SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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