ESS-016052: 2006 T608 Roman spoon terminal

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Unique ID: ESS-016052

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure case 2006 T608: Roman silver spoon fragment. Fragment of a Roman spoon in the form of a duck's head. The beak is rounded and flattened underneath. A step represents the head, whilst the neck has bevelled edges. Two point (solder?) set back from the head on the neck may represent the bird's eyes, although one is clearer than the other, which is hardly visible. Discussion: this fragment has become detached, either accidentally or deliberately, from the curved handle of a short-handled spoon or cignus, a well known late Roman spoon type attested in a number of late Roman hoards, for example Hoxne, Suffolk and THetford, Norfolk. The spoon compares well with an example in the Thetford deposit (Johns & Potter 1983, cat. no. 62). Date: 4th century AD Surviving length: 29.5mm, width: 6.2mm, weight: 5.6 grams. References: Johns, C.M. & Potter, T. 1983, The Thetford Treasure. Roman jewellery and silver. BMP Note: this item is made substantially of silver and is more than 300 years old, and thus qualifies as treasure as stipulated in the Treasure Act 1996. Richard Hobbs Curator, Romano-British Collections, Prehistory & Europe, The British Museum 8th August 2007.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Colchester Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2006 T608


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 300
Date to: AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.5 mm
Width: 6.2 mm
Weight: 5.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st September 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Laura McLean
Identified by: Dr Richard Hobbs

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2006 T608
Treasure case number: 2006 T608

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Maldon (District)
To be known as: Langford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Colchester Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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