LVPL-454A04: Roman bracelet

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Unique ID: LVPL-454A04

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An incomplete cast copper alloy bracelet dating to the Roman period, c. 4th century AD. The object has been cut down and reused to form a finger ring. The artefact is trapezoidal in plan, in that it narrows very slightly from one end to the other. It has a rectangular cross-section. The bracelet is decorated unifacially using ring-and-dot motifs. Towards the terminal end of the object are twelve ring-and-dots in parallel lines, beyond these the object tapers and five ring-and dots are placed in a single line. Below the final ring-and-dot is a transverse groove before the object terminates where it has been cut in antiquity. The object thickens at the narrow end and file marks can be seen on the sides. At the terminal end the object narrows to form a snout giving the object a zoomorphic experience. One edge of the object towards the snout has been decorated with narrow notches or grooves cut into it. The rear of the object is undecorated. The object has a dark green patina and is good condition.

Similar examples which can be found on this database are Minter, F (2004) SF-653886 A ROMAN BRACELET Webpage available at: and Byard, M (2011) BERK-8BF251 A ROMAN BRACELET Webpage available at: A comparable example has also been found from a 4th century grave at Lankhills, Winchester.

Evidence of reuse: Bent and cut to form a finger ring.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 300
Date to: Circa AD 410
Period of reuse: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 9 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 5.5 g
Diameter: 23 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Secondary identifier: Dr Kevin Leahy

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Bassetlaw (District)
To be known as: Elkesley

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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