NMGW-2FC205: Escutcheon (side)

Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
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Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
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Unique ID: NMGW-2FC205

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Carefully constructed cast copper alloy decorative vessel escutcheon or mount in the form of a boar. The boar has its front legs extending forward beneath its mouth forming a V-shape, the mouth is open and contains a small circular hole. The snout end has signs of wear and is perforated through the side before a moulded tusk, possibly to house a ring attached to a handle. The hole in the mouth and the perforation through the snout do not meet. The eyes are incised and lentoid in form. The crest is erect and carries incised and possibly punched decoration to depict the hair. The crest and back arc to meet another arc from the interior, the opposite side of the interior is flat and is also shorter. The longer arced side has a V-shaped recess, presumably to carry solder to attach the escutcheon to the vessel rim. The features on the boar may be judged as naturalistic and suggest a Roman date for the artefact. The artefact is generally in good condition, but one leg has broken in antiquity.


This artefact may be seen as part of a group recognised by Foster (1977), with parallels from Aldborough, Yorkshire, Eastcheap and London. It is published in 'II. Finds Reported under the Portable Antiquities Scheme' Worrell 2004, Britannia XXXV, pg 320 no. 1.

Class: Escutcheon

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 43
Date to: AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.1 mm
Width: 15.7 mm
Thickness: 35.9 mm
Weight: 30.4 g
Diameter: 3.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st February 2003

Personal details

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Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Monmouthshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Monmouthshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Caerwent (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST4592
Four figure Latitude: 51.624117
Four figure longitude: -2.795901
1:25K map: ST4592
1:10K map: ST49SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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