DUR-112837: Roman sandal brooch- DUR-112837

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Unique ID: DUR-112837

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Cast copper alloy and enamel Roman plate brooch, a skeumorphic type in the form of a sandal, dating to the 2nd century AD.

It is mostly complete with just the pin and most of the enamel decoration missing. The brooch is flat and in plan is pointed at one end, has a narrow waist in the middle and is rounded at the other end. There is a loop at the rounded end. On the reverse of the brooch is a double pin lug at the rounded end, with the hinge part of a copper alloy pin surviving between them; and a damaged catchplate at the pointed end.

The enamel is mostly missing but from what remains the pattern can be seen. There would have been two raised copper alloy dots, one at the heel and one at the ball. The field was filled with one colour enamel, the fragments remaining have corroded to a light blue, this could originally have been blue, white or green, but the most likely colour is blue.

Snape (1993) notes that "They are decorated with spots of enamel to represent hobnails" and that "Sandal brooches may represent the left or the right foot, and may have a rounded or pointed toe. The type is found in Britain and on the Continent".

Class: Plate
Sub class: Sandal

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 39.26 mm
Width: 10.24 mm
Thickness: 2.07 mm
Weight: 4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 22nd August 2010

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Frances McIntosh
Identified by: Miss Frances McIntosh

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Hayton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE8344
Four figure Latitude: 53.885556
Four figure longitude: -0.738734
1:25K map: SE8344
1:10K map: SE84SW
Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: DUR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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