YORYM-6385E8: Iron Age : Strap Fitting

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Unique ID: YORYM-6385E8

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete cast copper alloy strap fitting of late Iron Age to Roman date. The fitting is a baldric ring with a strap loop at the back. It is circular in plan with an openwork curvilinear design resulting in a roundel and half moon void. To one upper edge a rectangular sectioned stud projects from a short neck. The tip of the opposite upper edge has been lost to an old break. The front face is decorated with recessed curvilinear cells infilled with bright red, yellow and white enamel. From the reverse of the fitting a rectangular attachment loop extends from below the stud on the upper face. Two worn remains of circular studs are also present at opposing point.
The metal has a mid green patina and is slightly worn. The fitting is 36.8mm long, 30.5mm in diameter, 6.7mm thick and weighs 17.5g.
Jody Joy, Curator of Iron Age Collections at The British Museum, states that "the simple belt-ring is a relatively common find of Iron Age type and was presumably used as some form of belt fastener. The buttoned-ring is less common. Two similar rings were both deposited in association with iron swords at Coleford, Gloucestershire and Owslebury, Hampshire. Both of these swords were also found with belt-rings. It is therefore probable that the buttoned-ring and the belt-ring represent the metal remains of a belt used in the suspension of a sword".

Class: baldric

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36.8 mm
Thickness: 6.7 mm
Weight: 17.5 g
Diameter: 30.5 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Secondary identifier: Mr Jody Joy

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Ryedale (District)
To be known as: Aislaby

Spatial coordinates

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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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