SUR-FAC673: Iron Age to Roman: Possible knife handle in the form of a boar

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Unique ID: SUR-FAC673

Object type certainty: Possibly
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A cast copper alloy possible terminal from a knife handle of late Iron age or early Roman date. The terminal measures 32.72mm in length, and appears to be in the form of the head of a boar as it has a prominent ridged spine. The terminal is hollow and at the mouth there is an off-centre hole measuring 6.7mm x 5.9mm. The head has sideways projecting ears, pits for the eyes, and a snub nose.


The purpose of this object is unclear. It may have functioned as a knife handle but there may be additional possibilities.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 1
Date to: Circa AD 150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.72 mm
Width: 17.76 mm
Thickness: 13.99 mm
Weight: 18.37 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st August 2011 - Wednesday 31st August 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr David W Williams
Identified by: Mr David W Williams

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 11-1255

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Surrey (County)
District: Mole Valley (District)
Parish or ward: Brockham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ1950
Four figure Latitude: 51.236782
Four figure longitude: -0.296797
1:25K map: TQ1950
1:10K map: TQ15SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUR
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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