SWYOR-480711: Roman dragonesque brooch

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A copper alloy Dragonesque Brooch dating from the Roman period. The brooch is 37.4mm long, 14.8mm wide and 4.6mm thick. It is S shaped in plan ith projecting “ears” and a foot. There is a strut joining the chin to the body. There is a raised central circular cell on the body which would have contained enamel. Similar but smaller cells, of two concentric circles are positioned at the base of the “Ears” to represent the eye, and in a similar position on the foot. There is a curved terminal at each end of the S, which represents the snout at the head end. These are also decorated with a similar cell at the end of each. None of the enamel survives and the pin is missing. The reverse of the brooch is hollow in places. The whole has a dark brown glossy patina. Bayley and Butcher consider the dragonesque brooch to be a development in British made plate brooches (ibid. p 171). Bayley and Butcher also note that the distribution of dragonesque brooches is mainly in Britain, with a marked concentration in the North, where they were presumably made (p172). Based on a review of literature, Worrell (2007) dates Dragonesque brooches to AD 75-175. Similar brooches can be seen in Hattatt, p152-7.

Class: dragonesque


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 75
Date to: Circa AD 175

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.4 mm
Width: 14.8 mm
Thickness: 4.6 mm
Weight: 5.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 12th September 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: Owersby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF0594
Four figure Latitude: 53.432338
Four figure longitude: -0.421036
1:25K map: TF0594
1:10K map: TF09SE
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

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Bayley, J. and Butcher, S. 2004 Roman Brooches in Britain: A Technological and Typological Study Based on the Richborough Collection London The Society of Antiquaries

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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