PUBLIC-298FE3: Roman Brooch of Langton Down Type

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-298FE3

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An incomplete late Iron Age to early Roman brooch of Langton Down type, c. 1st century AD. The head, crossbar, bow and fragment of catchplate are present. Some of the spring is also present within the cylindrical wings. The head looks as though it has a punched dot decoration creating at least two triangles just above where the head joins the bow and two incised horizontal decorative lines just above that. The bow rises gently from the head and then falls straight down to where the foot is cut inwards at either side before the bow ends. The bow has a double vertical raised rib running vertically down its centre. The dotted incised decoration continues vertically at either side of the central raised ribs in a spiralling design following the length of the brooch. The remains of the perforated catchplate points in a downwards 'V' shape' and is slightly bent to one side. The brooch is of an overall deep green patina. Cf. Bayley and Butcher, p. 65 no. 72.


A parallel to this brooch has been found in the excavation finds reports from Fishbourne Roman Palace (1961-1969, p. 103, Fig. 30). This example also has a similar dotted incised design.

Class: Langton Down

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: In a private collection, recorded for academic use


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 25
Date to: Circa AD 75

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 13.3 mm
Width: 8 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 7.7 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Victoria Lillywhite
Identified by: Ms Victoria Lillywhite
Secondary identifier: Dr Justine Bayley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: MD39

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Horsham (District)
To be known as: alfoldean

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Finder listed is keeper of original finder's collection; discovered more than 30 years ago.
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: Tuesday 15th May 2012
Updated: Friday 3rd October 2014

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