WREX-32C8C2: Complete copper alloy harness fitting (terret ring) of late Iron Age / Early Roman date c. 100BC - 100AD

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Unique ID: WREX-32C8C2

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy harness fitting or terret ring of later Iron Age to early Roman date (c. 100BC – 100AD).  The terret is D-shaped in cross section.  The attachment bar is rectangular in cross section and triangular in plan with the rounded point of the triangle projecting below the bar.  On either side of the bar are two circular stops. At the apex of the ring is a smaller circular moulding which has two circumferential grooves. There is no other decoration present.  The terret has a mid-green coloured patina with some areas of corrosion and abrasion.

Length: 48.7mm; width: 46.0mm; thickness across the knops: 12.3mm; weight: 36.78g.


It has not been possible to identify a published parallel for the terret. However, a very similar one has been recorded on the database as HESH-4586CB.  This record suggests that this form is likely to be a hybrid to Lewis' Triple lobed terret type' which is dated to the Iron Age / Roman transition and into the 2nd century AD

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Terret

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 48.7 mm
Width: 46 mm
Thickness: 12.3 mm
Weight: 36.78 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 24th July 2021 - Saturday 24th July 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NWales PAS 210903KW

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Whitchurch

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WREX
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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