DUR-1CF3D2: Roman Dragonesque Brooch

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Unique ID: DUR-1CF3D2

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Two fragments of a incomplete copper alloy Roman dragonesque brooch dating to the 2nd century AD (c. AD 75-175).

The brooch consists of an S shaped openwork plate with both moulded and openwork decoration. At the top and bottom of the S are the heads of a dragon with a nose and ear protruding and a moulded eye made up of a ring and dot. One of the eyes is inlaid with white enamel, the other no longer has enamel remaining. The panel between the heads of the dragon is broadly oval in shape, consisting of an openwork border containing a smaller S shape. This smaller S has been broken at one end. The borders of the object are decorated with incised lines down the centre, but the entire reverse of the object is undecorated. The metal is green in colour and is in condition aside from the breaks. It weighs 12.0g and measures 56.56mm in length and 33.11mm in width.

A parallel for this type of brooch can be found in Hattatt, R. (2007^3) A visual catalogue of Ancient Brooches, Oxford: Oxbow Books: 351: no. 210. Other openwork dragonesque brooches have been found and recorded on this database, including record numbers: NCL-3EABC0 and YORYM-586481.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 75
Date to: Circa AD 175

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56.56 mm
Width: 22.11 mm
Weight: 12 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 30th June 2011 - Wednesday 7th March 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Emma Morris
Identified by: Miss Emma Morris

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: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Wold Newton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA0473
Four figure Latitude: 54.14231699
Four figure longitude: -0.40945768
1:25K map: TA0473
1:10K map: TA07SW
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DUR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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