DOR-681C69: Roman strap end

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STRAP END

Unique ID: DOR-681C69

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper-alloy amphora-shaped strap end dating to c. AD 350-410. The strap end is broken at the top and bottom, leaving a fragment of two circular pierced loops at the top which would have been the handles to the amphora followed by the lozenge-shaped body. The front face is decorated with a series of punched dot motifs consisting of a line of dots around the edge, on the top half of the face there are three groups of three dots arranged in a triad at 9, 12 and 3 o'clock. Below these is a group of 10 central dots arranged in an upside down triangle. The reverse face is flat and undecorated.
This is a Roman strap end associated with Roman military Dominate belt-furniture of the 4th century AD (see Bishop and Coulston, 1993: 175, fig. 126 nos. 7, 9, 12). There are similar examples recorded on the PAS database SF-D0AB53, SF-D14C15, NMS-82AE05, NARC-CAA3A3, SF-123771, NMS-10F240, OXON-5B7F53, NLM-8B46D9, PUBLIC-0768F2, NMS-2E3759, SF-7C25C9 and SF-E2D2B3. A complete example is recorded under HAMP-8DBEEC however these examples have ring dot decoration.
Date: Roman
Dimensions:  32.4 mm x  18.2 mm x  0.9 mm
Weight:  2.32 g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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: 32.4 mm
Width: 18.2 mm
Thickness: 0.9 mm
Weight: 2.32 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 7th September 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCMS 019547

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Fifehead Magdalen (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST7821
Four figure Latitude: 50.9879762
Four figure longitude: -2.31481
1:25K map: ST7821
1:10K map: ST72SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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