WAW-638218: Iron Age cylinder, unidentified object (profile and plan)

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Unique ID: WAW-638218

Object type certainty: Possibly
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A cast copper alloy circular sectioned cylinder. The moulded decoration is formed by three wide ribs. Two ribs form the terminals. One terminal is possibly a broken edge. The opposite terminal is possibly complete, but due to the pitting and corrosion this is not certain. In profile the cylinder is slightly curved. The interior is slightly irregular, and is oval in section. The surface of the cylinder is corroded and pitted. There are traces of a heavy green/brown patina. It measures 33.19mm long, 20.81mm diameter, and the wall of the cylinder is 5.39mm at one terminal. It weighs 38.13g.

The decoration and heavy patina may suggest an Iron Age date. Fox (Fox, C. 1958 Pattern and Purpose: A Survey of Early Celtic Art in Britain National Museum of Wales, Cardiff) illustrates similarly decorated bracelets, for example Plates 2 and 31 which are dated to the Iron Age period. Iron Age terret rings are also decorated with ovoid knop, for example Cunliffe (Cunliffe, B. 1995 'The Celtic Chariot: A Footnote' in Cunliffe, B. (ed.) Sites and Sights of the Iron Age: Essays on Fieldwork and Museum Research Presented to Ian Mathieson Stead Oxbow Monograph 56) illustrates a similar moulding on a terret ring, No. 6 Figure 16. However the function of this object is not known, but could possibly be a torc terminal.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Date from: 300 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.19 mm
Thickness: 5.39 mm
Weight: 38.13 g
Diameter: 20.81 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 25th April 2006 - Thursday 25th May 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Wychavon (District)
Parish or ward: Pershore (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO9447
Four figure Latitude: 52.121281
Four figure longitude: -2.089049
1:25K map: SO9447
1:10K map: SO94NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

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Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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