GAT-FA0E08: Bow Brooch

Rights Holder: Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
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Unique ID: GAT-FA0E08

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Tapering T-shaped bow brooch with longitudinal incised decoration on body running from the head to the foot, which is decorated with transverse ribs. The embellishment consists of a central panel with 'rope' style decoration (c. 2-3mm in width) and grooves running down the external edges of the bow. The wings are roughly cylindrical in section, tapering towards the external edges and have a central perforation and notch to the reverse to carry the hinged pin and its axis bar. The pin no longer survives. The sub-trapezoidal catchplate is wide and finely rolled, although there are two small casting flaws to the reverse of the foot. The body of the brooch is largely straight, but curves sharply at the head to meet the wings. The brooch was cast-in-one and the seams are visible along the sides of the bow. It has a smooth green patina across the surface. The brooch bears similarities to both the 'Dolphin' and 'Langton Down' types of brooch (Collingwood's groups H and K respectively), and is therefore tentatively dated to the later 1st or earlier 2nd century AD (Collingwood and Richmond 1969, 293-95; Fig 102, Nos 12-22).


One of two brooches found in November 2009 in spoil dug out by badgers on the south-eastern edge of Ynysfor defended settlement (Gwynedd Archaeological Trust PRN 2392), in the exterior slopes of the outer rampart. Both brooches are well-preserved and in fine condition.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 51.2 mm
Width: 30.1 mm
Thickness: 5.3 mm
Weight: 22.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st November 2002

Personal details

Recorded by: Nina Steele
Identified by: Nina Steele

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PRN 24144

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Gwynedd (Unitary Authority)
District: Gwynedd (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Llanfrothen (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SH5942
Four figure Latitude: 52.956786
Four figure longitude: -4.100435
1:25K map: SH5942
1:10K map: SH54SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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