SF-D14C15: Roman strap end

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Unique ID: SF-D14C15

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete Roman copper-alloy strap end dating to circa AD 350-410. The strap end is likely amphora-shaped but only the lower half survives. At one end is a trefoil terminal. Emerging from the terminal is the broadly obal plate with rounded edges. Its front face is decorated with a large central ring and dot. It is durrounded by four smaller ring and dot motifs. The lower ring and dot motif has two further rting and dots underneath it forming a broadly straight line leading into the terminal. The top of the plate is broken at would have probably been the amphora handles. The reverse face is plain.

Amphora-shaped strap ends are noted to be associated with military communities on the frontiers in the late fourth century AD (Chadwick 2005: 125). Similar examples are recorded on the database including  OXON-5B7F53; NLM-8B46D9; PUBLIC-0768F2; NMS-2E3759; SF-7C25C9 and SF-E2D2B3. A complete example is recorded under HAMP-8DBEEC.

Length: 33.1mm; Width: 20mm; Thickness: 1.8; Weight: 4.21g.

Class: Amphora

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 350
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.1 mm
Width: 20 mm
Thickness: 1.8 mm
Weight: 4.21 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2021 - Thursday 9th September 2021

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Wickham Skeith

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Chapman, E.M. 2005 A Catalogue of Roman Military Equipment in the National Museum of Wales British Archaeological Reports 388

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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