HESH-2A5F00: Roman: Glass Bead

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BEAD

Unique ID: HESH-2A5F00

Object type certainty: Certain
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Fragment of a mid-blue coloured glass melon bead of Roman date (50-200 AD). The bead is irregular in plan and cross section. Originally it would have been a sub-oval shape in plan with a central hole. The outer edge / exterior surface of the bead is smooth and a lighter milky blue colour. There is no evidence of the surface being ridged or grooved. The bead has been broken relatively recently as the edges are crisp and unabraded. The matrix of the glass shows frequent small bubbles.

The fragment measures 10.7mm length, 10.1mm width, is 6.2mm thick and weighs 0.87 grams.

The exact function for these beads is somewhat elusive. The smaller beads were probably used in a similar manner to other beads as a form of personal adornment, although the larger faience and glass melon beads may have been impractical to wear, particularly around the neck.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 10.7 mm
Width: 10.1 mm
Thickness: 6.2 mm
Weight: 0.87 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Glass
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Holme Lacy

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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Audit data

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

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