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Unique ID: NMGW3354

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy Dolphin type brooch of plain and simple form. In profile it has the typical bow shape of a Dolphin brooch with a chunky bow humped at the head and tapering towards its foot. The plain wings are distorted but the semi-circular recess on their reverse, which accommodated the spring mechanism, is still visible. Part of the rearward facing hook on the head of the brooch survives; however, most of the catchplate and the spring and pin mechanism are missing. The surface of the brooch is pitted. Probably dates to the second half of the first century AD. For parallels cf. Hattatt 1985, 73, nos.350-351, fig.30. Length 32.5mm.


Dolphin brooches are Hull's Type 94 and are one of the more popular types of early Roman brooches found in Britain. They are named from the humped bow at their heads which is supposedly reminiscent of leaping dolphins. The Dolphin type developed from the earlier Colchester type of brooch and is one of a series of related types, including the Polden Hill type, known collectively as Colchester Derivatives.

Class: Dolphin

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2001

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMGWPA: 2001.100.4

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Chirton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU0558
Four figure Latitude: 51.321084
Four figure longitude: -1.929635
1:25K map: SU0558
1:10K map: SU05NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Unknown

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Hattatt, R. 1985 Iron Age and Roman Brooches Oxford Oxbow Books

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Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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