SF4785: Roman penannular brooch

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Unique ID: SF4785

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy penannular brooch fragment. Half of the ring, missing pin, fairly corroded. Circular section ring, diam. 3 mm, with closely set transverse grooves on the outer face, undecorated (grooves worn away?) at the back. The terminal is slightly expanded, flattened and almost rectangular with a lozengiform moulding on the outer face and another V-shaped moulding joining the terminal to the rest of the frame. This is a highly devolved zoomorphic form, as Fowler type E and Hattatt no 656. Current (limited) chronological data suggests this type was a late Roman contemporary of the crossbow brooch with smaller numbers continuing to be used into the sub-Roman period. Original diameter about 40 mm.

Class: Penannular
Sub class: Fowler E


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 250
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 3.69 g
Diameter: 40 mm

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

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Recorded by: Judith Plouviez
Identified by: Judith Plouviez

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 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: SF
Created: 18 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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