KENT-99ABF6: A Roman cast copper alloy Plumb bob.

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Unique ID: KENT-99ABF6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Roman cast copper alloy plumb bob, probably of 1st to 3rd century AD date. The plumb bob is conical in shape, with eight lobed, linear ribs arranged around the body, coming to a point at the base. The cone is 15.9mm long and 14.2mm in diameter at the thickest point. At the top of the cone the body narrows to cylindrical protrusion, 9.1mm in diameter, with a horizontal grove running around the circumference. The plumb bob terminates with a circular attachment loop, which may have been attached after the original casting, possibly as a repair. There is a similar example of a Roman Plumb bob in the Catalogue of small finds from South Shields Roman Fort, ref 476, although this example is not as complete. The plumb bob is 26.4mm long, 14.2mm wide, 9.1mm thick and weighs 11.1g.


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: AD 299

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26.4 mm
Width: 14.2 mm
Thickness: 9.1 mm
Weight: 11.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st October 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Jennifer Jackson
Identified by: Ms Sally Worrell

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Shepway (District)
To be known as: Elham

Spatial coordinates

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

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: Wednesday 4th February 2009
Updated: Sunday 31st August 2014

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