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HAMP-BBD006: Roman 'nail-cleaner' strap-end

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STRAP END

Unique ID: HAMP-BBD006

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete cast copper-alloy late Roman artefact known as a 'nail-cleaner strap-end'; it could have been either or both. The object takes the form of a truncated lozenge and has a flat rectangular cross-section, with rounded edges. At the broken trapezoidal attachment end it seems that the object is split as is characteristic of a strap-end. Below is a pair of prominent crescent-shaped lugs, characteristic of the main group within this object type (Eckardt with Crummy 2006, 87; fig. 3). They are delineated with grooves as they begin.

Below the crescentic lugs the body expands to a maximum width of 10.0mm; from this it narrows gradually to the terminal (W.: 3.0mm). The terminal is squared off with a small V-shaped removal within a longer longitudinal groove on the upper surface. This gives the strap-end a slight fork or bifid end. Though the prongs of the fork may be too short to be effectual, it is clearly reminiscent of a nail cleaner. There is no such groove on the lower surface which is flat and plain.

By contrast, the upper surface is decorated with transverse ridges and grooves in a zone that extends from the top of the longitudinal groove to above the lugs. In the angles at the widest point is a punched ring-and-dot motif. The artefact now has a fairly even mid-grey/green colour. Examples of crescentic and circular lug nail cleaner strap-end from dated contexts come from late 3rd-/4th-century Milton Keynes, 4th-century Baldock and the 'late' phases at Richborough (Eckhardt and Crummy 2006, Table 1).

Class: nail-cleaner strap-end

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 350
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 39.8 mm
Width: 10 mm
Thickness: 2.25 mm
Weight: 3.58 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 7th August 2011

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: E3193

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
To be known as: Upham CP

Spatial coordinates


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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Eckardt, H. and Crummy, N. 2006 Roman or native bodies in Britain: The evidence of late Roman nail-cleaner strap-ends Oxford Blackwell Publishing 87 3

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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