SOM-FEE050: Roman T-shaped brooch

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Unique ID: SOM-FEE050

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An incomplete Roman copper-alloy T-shaped brooch, probably of devolved type, incomplete in so far as it is missing the pin, leg and concomitant catch-plate. The brooch consists of cylindrical wings and flat integral headloop, with bow below. The wings are seemingly plain. The remains of the circular iron axis bar is visible at the tips, as well as in the form of corrosion product in the slot. No traces of the pin are obvious within the slot.

The bow projects from the front of the brooch in the centre of the head, in a steady arc that curves round through ninety degrees before travelling downwards to the foot. The leg has been lost to an old, slightly diagonal break. The bow tapers in width slightly to the break. The bow is 'D'-shaped in section with a flat back and shallowly convex front. The upper surface has a prominent, elongated triangular moulding at the front of the bow, just above the slot, in continuation of the rounded headloop which is perpendicular to it. The moulding is decorated at its front with an incised cross, after which are three deep transverse grooves. Between the grooves are two zones both decorated with cross-hatching. Beyond the grooves the moulding is slightly bevelled longitudinally; the incised lines that decorate it are just off transverse thus creating an effect of shallow chevrons. On the lower surface is a deep oval recess, apporoximate with the extent of the moulding.

The brooch has a dark-green patina which is in places obscured by the iron corrosion product from the axis bar.

Class: T-shaped
Sub class: Devolved

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 75
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 48.6 mm
Height: 16.6 mm
Width: 25.9 mm
Weight: 12.51 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 22390

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
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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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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