LON-92C151: Roman copper alloy two-piece Colchester brooch (dolphin)

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Unique ID: LON-92C151

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A Roman copper alloy two-piece Colchester brooch (dolphin) (43-65AD). The brooch has a lug behind the head pierced (now broken) to take an axial bar threaded through the spring and its chord is held in the pierced lug. The spring, axial bar and pin are missing. The lug continues as a decorative crest down the bow, resembling the rearward hook of one-piece Colchester brooches. The crossbar has perforated end plates, again to hold the axial bar in place, and is decorated with a groove as a border at each end. The catchplate is solid and there is a small flattened globular foot. There are traces of white metal coating, probably tinning, remaining.

Dimensions: length: 31.74mm; width: 19.43mm; thickness: 18.08mm; weight: 5.70g.

Reference: Bayley, J. and Butcher, S. 2004. Roman Brooches in Britain. The Society of Antiquaries, London. Pp.82-3.

Class: Colchester Two-piece

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 65

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.74 mm
Width: 19.43 mm
Thickness: 18.08 mm
Weight: 5.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st November 2007

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: East Northamptonshire (District)
Parish or ward: Raunds (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL0274
Four figure Latitude: 52.354585
Four figure longitude: -0.503778
1:25K map: TL0274
1:10K map: TL07SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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: LON
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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