HAMP-2414E0: Roman nail-cleaner

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Unique ID: HAMP-2414E0

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Roman (AD 43-410) copper alloy nail cleaner with integral loop, turned through 90 degrees. It measures 40.07mm in length, 10.81mm in max. width and 6.22mm in max. thickness, the diameter of the loop. It weighs 3.96g. The bifurcated end appears worn with some recent damage (a shiny copper alloy is apparent through the darker patination of the metal).

The top of the nail cleaner is a horizontal line c.2mm thick. From the centre the 3.4mm wide loop extends backwards, being affixed to the reverse of the body with a rectangular area c.7x5.5mm. The loop is decorated with two grooves flanking either outside edge and creating a wide central mid-rib. Its internal diameter is 3mm in diameter.

Below the loop, to the front of the nail cleaner, each corner is faceted, giving the impression of an oval-shaped end and ridged top. The very end measures 10.45mm wide, and it curves out a little to the max.width just below, before narrowing again to 4.89mm wide (and 1.35mm thick) at the opposite, bifurcated end. The body is decorated with three ring-and-dots (central punched circle with two concentric rings around), vertically arranged. Below the third is the beginning of the V-shaped groove, creating the bifurcated end.

To the reverse of the nail cleaner, the extension of the loop has been smoothed to amalgamate with the rest of the body. To either side, there are areas of damage, presumably created in the manufacturing process. This side of the nail cleaner has a single ring-and-dot.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.07 mm
Width: 10.81 mm
Thickness: 6.22 mm
Weight: 3.96 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 27th April 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Winchester Museums Entry Form 3616

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Winterborne St. Martin (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SY6488
Four figure Latitude: 50.69052787
Four figure longitude: -2.51100962
1:25K map: SY6488
1:10K map: SY68NW
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: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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