SOMDOR-53DF91: Roman Vessel

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Unique ID: SOMDOR-53DF91

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A cast copper alloy Roman vessel foot, probably from a bucket. These items were used in sets of three to protect the bases of Roman cast or sheet bronze vessels, in particular buckets (Jackson 1990, 46). The foot has a slightly curving rectangular shape, which would have corresponded to the size of the base of the vessel it supported. In this case the bucket's base must have been around 18 cm in diameter. There are two opposing kidney-shaped perforations through the centre of the object and at each end is a cut away stepped notch. One side of the object is flat, but the other has a longitudinal concave depression, in between the two perforations and the indentations at each end. On the latter (upper) side there are traces of the lead-tin solder which would have been used to affix the foot to the main body of the vessel. The slightly convex (outer) edge is decorated with an engraved running wave design, with annulets in the centre of the free spaces created by the waves, which gives the appearance of a series of human eyes. The running wave may be in imitation of guilloche, a motif commonly used in Roman mosaics.

Class: Foot

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 57.73 mm
Width: 21.85 mm
Thickness: 9.1 mm
Weight: 37.32 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 5th August 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne
Identified by: Ms Sally Worrell
Secondary identifier: Ralph Jackson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Stoke Abbott (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST4401
Four figure Latitude: 50.805835
Four figure longitude: -2.796103
1:25K map: ST4401
1:10K map: ST40SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOMDOR
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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