SOMDOR-0FE673: Roman patera handle

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Unique ID: SOMDOR-0FE673

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The broken terminal end of a Roman copper alloy patera (skillet) handle. The sides of the handle taper towards the break with a double grooved linear border on either side. The terminal of the handle is circular with a beaded border running around its circumference, the centre is pierced for suspension and also has a beaded rim around its edge. A good parallel for this handle is provided by a complete vessel from Gloucestershire recorded on the database as GLO-048BB1. The handle would originally have been cast as one with the vessel. However, there is evidence for re-use. the broken end of the handle was filed down on the underside and reattatched, presumably to the original vessel, through three iron rivets. The holes for these rivets can be seen at the broken end of the handle with corroded remains in two of them. The resulting handle would have been much shorther than the original. The handle measures 61.74mm long, 50.56mm wide and up to 3.26mm thick and weighs 44.68g

Class: flat handle
Evidence of reuse: broken handle with evidence for reattachment by three iron rivets

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 61.74 mm
Width: 50.56 mm
Thickness: 3.26 mm
Weight: 44.68 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 17th May 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr John Davey
Identified by: Dr Naomi Payne

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST6016
Four figure Latitude: 50.942044
Four figure longitude: -2.570696
1:25K map: ST6016
1:10K map: ST61NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOMDOR
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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