BUC-6C0C36: Post Medieval anvil

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Unique ID: BUC-6C0C36

Object type certainty: Probably
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An incomplete, wrought iron, Roman, probable, anvil, AD.43-450. The object comprises a cuboid block of iron, the top surface appears slightly domed from repeated striking. The sides appear to be fairly parallel, though there is a slight taper from the top to the bottom.. The object has a fairly even dark black patina with patches of orange oxidation. The sides of the anvil are pitted, probably from corrosion after deposition.

The object can be compared to A1 in Manning's catalogue, (1976:Pl 1) though it lacks the lower wedge for connecting it to a block. Manning states that flat based anvils are not unknown from the Roman world, with examples from Pompeii (1976, 1).

The object can be compared to SF-614293 on the PAS database which dates to a similar period. Both have comparable weights above 20 Kg.


The example here has been recorded from images and is a historic record that may fall below current standards.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 225 mm
Width: 190 mm
Thickness: 120 mm
Weight: 26308.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 17th April 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Edwin Wood
Identified by: Ms Ros Tyrrell

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Milton Keynes (Unitary Authority)
District: Milton Keynes (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Cold Brayfield

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: BUC
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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