SOM-305556: Iron Age Escutcheon Vessel

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Unique ID: SOM-305556

Object type certainty: Probably
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A probable cast copper alloy bowl suspension-ring escutcheon of Iron Age date. The incomplete broadly oval escutcheon measures 30.9mm by 18.8mm by 11.2mm and weighs 12.1g. The front is convex and the back is concave, damaged and uneven. The front is also rather pitted but less so than the back and some decoration can be discerned. The cast linears define several areas: two long ovals with pointed ends which are near vertical but bend outwards slightly towards the centrepoint of the edge on each side, and a central triangle. The lower section is damaged but there is a further curving linear on the surviving side. The escutcheon is similar to an example from Hod Hill, Dorset, which features in Jope's Early Celtic Art (2000, p. 104, plate 169, g). Jope lists a number of bowl fittings of this type, all of which have been found in the West Country. The decoration on the Hod Hill example is thought to represent a stylised human face.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: Escutcheon

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 800 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.9 mm
Width: 18.8 mm
Thickness: 11.2 mm
Weight: 12.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 18th December 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne
Identified by: Dr Naomi Payne

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020139

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Huish Episcopi

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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