HAMP-F7A764: Roman strap fitting (propellor shaped belt stiffener)

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Unique ID: HAMP-F7A764

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A cast copper-alloy 'propeller shaped' belt mount of late Roman date. The mount consists of a central circular element (diameter 11.9mm) flanked on either side by triangles which flare out from the circle; the roundel truncates the corners of the triangles. The roundel is decorated with a centrally punched ring-and-dot motif. Central on the triangular extensions is a perforation at the terminal. No rivets are retained within the holes; the terminals have both cracked through between the edge and the hole, and are also slightly abraded. At the base of both holes is a double transversely incised line on the upper surface. The sides of the mount are bevelled, slightly more shallowly on the triangular elements. The mount has an even dull grey-green patina, with a few scratches and blemishes.

Such belt mounts were used transversely on belts to stiffen and decorate them (Geake 2001, 33). Examples can be found illustrated in Bishop and Coulston (1993, 174; fig. 125), and Appels and Laycock (2007, 268ff.). These mounts cross over from the late Roman period into the early Anglo-Saxon period and a further example can be found in MacGregor and Bolick (1993, 212; ref. 36.9).

Class: mount
Sub class: propeller shaped

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 350
Date to: Circa AD 450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.2 mm
Width: 12.45 mm
Thickness: 1.2 mm
Weight: 2.25 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 5th August 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: E2882

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Test Valley (District)
Parish or ward: Nether Wallop (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU2735
Four figure Latitude: 51.113661
Four figure longitude: -1.615664
1:25K map: SU2735
1:10K map: SU23NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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