SOM-8562F7: Roman bow brooch

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Unique ID: SOM-8562F7

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fragment from a cast copper-alloy Roman bow brooch of 1st to 2nd century AD date. The fragment consists of the lower bow and the foot, including the catch-plate. The bow has a flattened circular cross-section. It narrows and thickens seamlessly into the triangular catch-plate. The catch-plate has bent bent slightly to one side and the fold been abraded. The artefact has a variable mid/dark-green patina.

One may note that this seamless transition from bow to foot is a characteristic of T-shape brooches such a definitive classification has not been given here pending further work.

Class: Uncertain bow

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.6 mm
Height: 12.2 mm
Width: 2.8 mm
Thickness: 2.8 mm
Weight: 1.39 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 22466

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Alvediston

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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