HAMP-997D86: Iron Age to Roman pin

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Unique ID: HAMP-997D86

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An incomplete cast copper-alloy probable pin head in the form of a male head of late Iron Age to early Roman date. At the top of the object the hair is represented with longitudinal incisions which run from horizontal semi circular band along the back of the head towards the hollow depression located at the bottom of the head. Below the semi circular band is a undecorated area which depicts the forehead. Below the forehead are two adjacent transverse semi circular incisions which depict eye brows (8.85mm wide). A ridge which depicts the nose runs from where the incisions for the eyebrow converge before terminating above the mouth (4.6mm in length). Either side of the nose is a broadly triangular recess which depicts the eyes. The mouth is depicted with a shallow horizontal groove (2.9mm wide). The head tapers towards the chin. Two D shaped ears are located either side of the face under the incisions which depict the hair (3.75mm in length, 2.3mm wide). The right ear is filled with iron corrosion. At the base of the head, located at the neck is an oval recess which is filled with mid to light green corrosion product (4.1mm wide, 2.95mm in length).

A pin head also probably representing a male is known from excavations in Colchester (Crummy 1983, 30 no. 503 fig. 31) and a parallel can be found on the database HAMP-1E6536. A similar depiction can be found on the database recorded as a figurine of Iron Age date: SOMDOR-DC9D32. The depiction of the head bears more similarities to the example from Dorset.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 1
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 12.85 mm
Width: 10.3 mm
Thickness: 10.75 mm
Weight: 5.62 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 10th May 1998

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Richard Henry
Identified by: Mr Richard Henry

Other reference numbers

Other reference: E3195: BA/61

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
To be known as: Itchen Valley

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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