SOM-A7C805: SOM-A7C805: Roman tile comb

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Unique ID: SOM-A7C805

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A complete copper alloy probable 'tile comb' of Roman date. The shaft is is circular in cross-section at the apex and sub-triangular in cross-section where it joins the head. It swells gradually away from the head, reaching its maximum diameter at a point just below the apex. The head is flat. The upper edge of the head curves upwards, then downwards to either side of the shaft, creating a symmetrical, wavy effect. The lower edge of the head has 'V' shaped teeth cut on either side. The metal has a shiny, dark green patina in most places, though this is pitted and corroded in a few areas.

Several similar combs can be seen on the PAS database, including a very close parallel from Lincolnshire: NLM-53B5C4. De la Bedoyere (1989, pp 58-59) describes the object as a tool for decorating tiles. However, more than one function is of course possible. Other PAS records of these objects have speculated that they may be pastry jiggers of a modern date. However, this is unlikely given the object's patina and the fact that it was found on a site producing a range of objects of Roman date.

Length: 43.57mm, Width: 40.35mm, Thickness of handle: 5.45mm, Weight: 6.35g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.57 mm
Width: 40.35 mm
Thickness: 5.45 mm
Weight: 6.35 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 3rd May 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020705

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Alvediston

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: Wednesday 12th May 2010
Updated: Friday 10th September 2010

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