HESH-4B1DE2: Roman: blue glass melon bead

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BEAD

Unique ID: HESH-4B1DE2

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Fragment of a dark blue glass melon bead of Roman date (50-200 AD). The bead is irregular in plan and cross section. Originally it would probably have been sub-oval shape in plan with a central hole. The outer edge of the bead would have been ridged or grooved; a number of these grooves survive on the fragment. The bead has been broken relatively recently as the edges are crisp and unabraded, the matrix of the glass shows frequent small bubbles. The fragment measures 13.2mm length, 12.8mm width, is 7.7mm thick and weighs 1.57 grams. The exact function for these beads is somewhat elusive. The smaller beads were probably used in a similar manner to other beads as a form of personal adornment, although the larger faience and glass melon beads may have been impractical to wear, particularly around the neck. An alternative function is that they were used as decoration for horse harness and the heavy abrasion especially at the perforations may support this proposition.

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 50
Date to: AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 13.2 mm
Width: 12.8 mm
Thickness: 7.7 mm
Weight: 1.57 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Glass
Manufacture method: Blown
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Weston under Penyard (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO6423
Four figure Latitude: 51.904368
Four figure longitude: -2.524674
1:25K map: SO6423
1:10K map: SO62SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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