KENT-29DD02: Swastika brooch

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Unique ID: KENT-29DD02

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An incomplete copper-alloy plate brooch in the shape of a swastika, dating either to the Roman period or the early early-medieval period. 

Description: The brooch consists of four radially aligned right-angled arms running anti-clockwise. One arm is broken off a short way from the centre. A border of punched crescents runs around the outside border of each arm. The reverse has a broken pin and catch arrangement, both running parallel to the missing pin. The pin loop is covered in corroded iron, so its form is not certain, The catchplate is rectangular in plan and appears to slightly fold towards one side, though it remains very worn. The brooch has a light green colour except on the reverse where the iron corrosion stains it a mid-light brown colour.

Measurements: 29.7mm long, 23.4mm wide. 7.9mm thick including pin and catch arrangement and 7.6g in weight.

Discussion: Plate swastika brooches can be tricky to date out of context as they occur in 1st to 2nd century Roman Britain, apparently originating on the continent in the vicinity of the Danube, but also in the 5th century, originating with the Germanic migration.. Many Roman examples have narrower arms, though punched decoration occurs on both. The wide arms and the punched crescents (common in the 5th century) do however seem to point to a 5th-century date.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in MedArch

Class: swastika

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.7 mm
Width: 23.4 mm
Thickness: 7.9 mm
Weight: 7.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 10th October 2021

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Stamped

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Canterbury (District)
Parish or ward: Littlebourne (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR2158
Four figure Latitude: 51.27825822
Four figure longitude: 1.1673743
1:25K map: TR2158
1:10K map: TR25NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 3 months ago
Updated: 18 days ago

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