Rights Holder: Kent County Council
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).



Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Roman, copper alloy zoomorphic (horse) brooch, facing right. The object is sub-rectangular in plan with a sub rectangular protrusion which forms the head of the horse and four lower, small protrusions which represent limbs. The head of the horse is finely molded with an ear, eye and muzzle. The body of the horse is decorated with12 circular depressions on the surface which would once have contained enamel settings. The reverse of the brooch has a copper alloy catch plate and sub-rectangular spring located just above the beginning of the forelimb and the hind quarters respectively. The brooch dates from the 2nd or 3rd centuries, similar examples can be seen in Hattat (1989) page 359.

The brooch is 41.5mm long, 24.2mm wide, 4.1mm thick and weighs 13.6 grams.


A brooch decorated in a similar style has also been found in Kent: PUBLIC-579897

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Zoomorphic (horse)

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.5 mm
Width: 24.2 mm
Thickness: 4.1 mm
Weight: 13.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 19th August 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Kevin Clark
Identified by: Mr Kevin Clark

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Medway (Unitary Authority)
District: Medway (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Strood

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: In ploughed soil
Current location: With finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

Similar objects

Find number: LEIC-0203A7
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
A Roman Period, Copper Alloy Horse Plate Brooch facing right; 34.36mm long, 20.82mm wide, and 6.5mm thick. The Brooch weighs 3.98g and has ei…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: LEIC-FE8347
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
A Roman Period, Copper Alloy Horse and Rider Plate Brooch facing right; 22mm long, 17mm wide, and 6mm thick. The Brooch weighs 2g and has fiv…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: LEIC-FEE253
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
A Roman Period, Copper Alloy Horse and Rider Plate Brooch facing right; 19.05mm long, 25.5mm wide, and 3.8mm thick. The Brooch weighs 2.75g a…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.