NMS-5305E6: Roman Harness Fitting

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Unique ID: NMS-5305E6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy rectangular military harness fitting. A robust slide with two transverse moulded V-sectioned grooves on front face. Overall dimensions of 21 x 17 x 8mm, while the socket has dimensions of 18 x 4.5mm in section.

A comparable, but larger slide comes from Catterick (Wilson 2002 no. 296) and there are other examples with convex front faces from Dura-Europos (James 2004 nos. 349-50). Others may be fragments more similar to this one (ibid. nos. 351-2). A harness stud with broadly similar decoration was found at Caistor St Edmund (HER 37008) in September 2008. Dates to the 2nd - 3rd century.

Class: Strap slide

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21 mm
Width: 17 mm
Thickness: 8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 12th February 2011 - Sunday 13th February 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Mary Chester-Kadwell
Identified by: Dr Andrew Rogerson

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 37009

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: South Norfolk (District)
To be known as: Caistor St Edmund

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: Monday 23rd April 2012
Updated: Wednesday 27th November 2013

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