HESH-63A7F5: Roman: Bone hair pin

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PIN

Unique ID: HESH-63A7F5

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete worked bone hair pin, of mid Roman dating (43 AD to 410 AD).

The head of the pin is flat. The pin tapers in size from the top down to the point. Due to the degree of working, it is hard to identify what type of animal the bone has originally come from, but probably it was fashioned from a metapodial (lower leg) of a cow or sheep sized animal.

The pin measures 75.86mm in length, head diameter is 7.71mm. It weighs 4.1 grams.

Bone pins, like those made from copper alloy, jet or glass, are commonly thought to have functioned predominately as hair pins during the Roman period, with some female hairstyles requiring multiple pins to hold the hair in place. Other uses for bone pins have included clothing fasteners.

Class: hair

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date from certainty: Certain
Date to: Circa AD 410
Date to certainty: Certain

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 75.86 mm
Weight: 4.1 g
Diameter: 7.71 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill
Secondary identifier: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

Primary material: Animal skeletal material
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Wroxeter and Uppington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ5608
Four figure Latitude: 52.667915
Four figure longitude: -2.652075
1:25K map: SJ5608
1:10K map: SJ50NE
WOEID: 12602188
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: Thursday 23rd February 2012
Updated: Tuesday 13th March 2012

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