BERK-4642D7: Roman (probably) anthropomorphic terminal

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Unique ID: BERK-4642D7

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Roman copper alloy anthropomorphic terminal, probably from a toilet article (AD 1st - 2nd century). The terminal has been cast to form a human head modelled three-dimensionally. There are incised lines to represent hair, a raised bar for the nose and depressions to mark the eyes and the mouth. Beneath the head is a diagonal groove and then a raised band with transverse incised lines, possibly to represent a necklace or ornament. There are the remains of a small loop, orientated vertically, on the back of the head. At the junction between the moulded head and the shaft is a raised beaded band. The shaft then tapers from 7.78mm to 4.00mm where it is broken. The break has the same mid green patina as the rest of the surface suggesting the damage occurred in antiquity. The loss of the end means that it is difficult to determine if this object was a nail cleaner or a toilet knife. The decoration is similar to a nail cleaner found in Norton, Northamptonshire (NARC-733D28).

Dimensions: length: 33.86mm; diameter: 7.78mm; weight: 7.81g.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Returned to finder.
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: AD 43
Date to: AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.86 mm
Weight: 7.71 g
Diameter: 7.78 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Lambourn

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Returned to finder.
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 16 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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