CAM-D39907: Copper-alloy Fragment, Probably a Toggle

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Unique ID: CAM-D39907

Object type certainty: Probably
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Probable toggle, made from copper alloy and now incomplete. The surviving end consists of a flattened sphere 8.5 mm in diameter and 7 mm long, at one end of a short shaft 3.7 mm in diameter, decorated with three transverse grooves. At the other end of the shaft is another basically globular element, but this is tapered on one side to give a sub-triangular cross-section. Through the apex of the triangle is a circular perforation 2.9mm in diameter. On the opposite side of this element is the stub of another shaft 3.2-3.5 mm in diameter and about 2.5 mm long, which ends in a fresh break. Total length 22.8 mm, weight 4.84g.

No exact parallel has been found for this object, but it has similarities to the very diverse range of late Iron Age and early Roman toggles. Some of these have a perforation across the back of a globular lobe, e.g. NMS-3627A1 and ESS-4C1D87. They appear to date from the last century BC and the first century AD.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.8 mm
Weight: 4.84 g
Diameter: 8.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 15th July 2010

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: South Cambridgeshire (District)
To be known as: South Cambridgeshire

Spatial coordinates

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

References cited

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Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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