CAMHER-881C04: ?Roman spoon

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Unique ID: CAMHER-881C04

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Copper-alloy spoon with white-metal coating. The oval bowl has all its edges broken, and surviving dimensions of 43 mm long and 30 mm wide. The handle is short and very chunky, with a pointed-oval cross-section. The white-metal coating extends over the smooth interior of the bowl, up the handle, and over the end of the handle to continue down the back, suggesting that the short handle is the result not of breakage but of deliberate manufacture. The handle meets the bowl at its back rather than its edge.

The back of the spoon has relief decoration of a well modelled human face, with brow, eyes, nose and long wavy hair; the mouth appears less well made, being just a pair of short straight grooves, but this may be the result of wear. The face is the right way up when the spoon is held with handle uppermost. At the base of the handle, above the face, is an elegant triple moulding, perhaps intended to represent the leaves of a plant.

There are some scratches and damage, as well as green corrosion and a russet brown patina, which obscure the details of the relief design, but it has a very classical appearance and must date the spoon to the Roman period. Finding a parallel for the short chunky handle or the relief decoration, however, is harder; in some ways the proportions look more like that of Roman bone spoons, but again the short handle and the relief decoration are not commonly found among bone spoons.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43 mm
Width: 30 mm
Weight: 37.23 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 5th March 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: White metal
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: South Cambridgeshire (District)
Parish or ward: Weston Colville (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL6250
Four figure Latitude: 52.124573
Four figure longitude: 0.365031
1:25K map: TL6250
1:10K map: TL65SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Whilst metal detecting

References cited

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Recording Institution: CAM
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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