SOM-21D1B2: Iron Age La Tène IBa brooch

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Unique ID: SOM-21D1B2

Object type certainty: Certain
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An Iron Age La Tène IBa type brooch dating to the 4th to 3rd centuries BC, incomplete in so far as it is missing its pin. The brooch comprises a sprung head, a curved bow and foot with catch-plate. The brooch has been made in one piece. The head is formed from the top of the bow, which becomes thinner and circular in section forming a thick wire. This coils twice to the left of the bow (when in plan), loops over the top of the head and coils twice towards the centre. At this point the wire has broken, but would have formed the pin. Within the coils is a corroded crude bar in copper alloy.

The bow curves away from the head to form an arched central section before flattening back out. It is 'D' shaped in cross-section with a flat back and convex front. On the back is a central longitudinal crease. The foot is formed from the lower flat section, with the catch-plate extending to the right when viewed in plan. This bends upwards at the outer edge to form the pin rest. The foot continues a short way below the catch-plate before curving round on itself. It terminates in a prominent globular knop with flattended sides and base. A drilled central hole in the upper surface would likely have contained an inlay which is now missing.

The brooch is seemingly plain, though slightly corroded on the bow. The brooch otherwise has an even mid/drak-green patina. It measures 55.9mm long, 14.7mm wide at the head, 7.0mm at the bow and 5.8mm thick at the bow's centre, 2.4mm thick at the foot. It is 15.5mm in height and weighs 14.84g.

Class: La Tène IBa

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 400 BC
Date to: Circa 275 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.9 mm
Height: 15.5 mm
Width: 14.7 mm
Weight: 14.84 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 22380

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Wincanton

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

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Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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