NCL-0CAA44: NCL-0CAA44: Roman pelta-shaped plate brooch

Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
CC License:

Image use policy

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


Unique ID: NCL-0CAA44

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A cast copper-alloy pelta-shaped plate brooch of Roman date, c. AD 100-200.

The brooch is incomplete, missing the tips of the wings of the pelta and the terminal of the stem as well as the hinged pin on the reverse. The pelta-shape is nearly circular, with U-shaped notches missing between the wing-tips and the incomplete stem. The face is decorated with cells, most of which retain enamel infills. A vertical line of rectangular cells alternating with red and yellow enamel runs vertically from the base of the stem across the face of the brooch to the outer edge of the pelta. Triangular cells run along the outer edge, pointing inward, running up toward the wing tips. The cells on the body of the wings are 'swirly', with S- and trumpet-scrollwork. The enamel remaining in these cells appear to be blue, red, and a red-tinged white. The reverse bears two semi-circular lugs to take a hinged pin on the reverse at the base of the pelta. On the reverse of the stem is the triangular base of a hooked catchplate, missing the hooked pinrest.

Class: Plate
Sub class: Pelta

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.05 mm
Width: 31.32 mm
Thickness: 2.43 mm
Weight: 10.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st December 2012 - Thursday 31st January 2013

Personal details

This information is restricted for your access level.

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Tyneside (Metropolitan District)
District: North Tyneside (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Wallsend (Metropolitan District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ2969
Four figure Latitude: 55.01471162
Four figure longitude: -1.54803161
1:25K map: NZ2969
1:10K map: NZ26NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Woodland

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: NCL-AAAB44
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
A decorated cast, copper-alloy plate brooch of the early Roman period. The brooch is pelta-shaped, with a broad body in which the central u…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: LIN-98D370
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
A Roman enamelled copper-alloy plate brooch dating to the first century AD. The brooch is flat, crescent-shaped or pelta-shaped, and has a hi…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: HAMP1307
Object type: BROOCH
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Cast copper-alloy composite plate brooch. Symmetrical, with open loop at top and two rounded knops down either side; one of which is missing. …
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: NCL
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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