LEIC-226D66: Roman zoomorphic plate brooch

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Unique ID: LEIC-226D66

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A complete Roman copper-alloy zoomorphic plate brooch, dating to c.AD 100 - 200. The brooch is in the form of a bird, possibly an eagle standing erect with its head turned to the right with outstretched wings. The rings and main body have a raised rim decorated with incised lines, creating a beaded border. Inside these cells bright orange enamel is present, the right wing has retained a pale blue enamel in its tip, traces can be seen in the left. The head is undecorated. Below the tail is a small circular knop which has a circular hole in the centre. The rear of the brooch has retained a trapezoidal catch plate behind the head and two circular lugs to the rear od the tail to support the complete spring pin. the pin is formed of three coils, it is cylindrical in section, tapering to a sharp point at one end. 
Length: 33.68 mm
Width: 21.43 mm
Weight: 4.8 g

An almost identical brooch is illustrated in Mackreth (2011) Plate 127 no 15443. They are classified as 'other' birds with no designation to a particular bird.  NLM-637B99 is another example of this style brooch and has described the bird as an eagle.

Class: Plate
Sub class: Mackreth 2011, vol. 2, p. 130, pl. 127, no. 15443

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.68 mm
Width: 21.43 mm
Weight: 4.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 8th August 2021 - Sunday 8th August 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: RCM 0698

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: South Kesteven (District)
Parish or ward: Greatford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF1014
Four figure Latitude: 52.71249083
Four figure longitude: -0.37313265
1:25K map: TF1014
1:10K map: TF11SW
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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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