SOM-8AEBB3: Roman multiple motif bracelet

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BRACELET

Unique ID: SOM-8AEBB3

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A twisted fragment consisting of approximately a quarter of a cast copper-alloy bracelet or armlet of late Roman date (c. 4th century AD). The fragment consists of the bracelet's terminal, the hook end, with abraded hook extant. The bracelet is rectangular with rounded corners in cross-section. In profile it has been twisted to one side, then round on itself such that it abuts the side of the hooked end at right angles to it. The bracelet expands in width gradually from the hook end. It is decorated unifacially using multiple motifs. What survives on this example is a raised lozenge within a recessed field just below the hook. Beyond three transverse grooves is a long field decorated by a central longitudinal grooves flanked on both sides by diagonally incised lines. This is similar to fields near the terminals on a bracelet illustrated in Crummy (1983, 46; ref. 1732). Beyond three further transverse grooves is a small square section decorated with a punched ring-and-dot motif. The old break is immediately beyond, perhaps at a point of weakness if another transverse groove followed. The whole object has suffered slightly from corrosion but generally has a red-brown colour with very little green patina surviving.

Class: strip (multiple motif)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 250
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.1 mm
Width: 7.5 mm
Thickness: 1.3 mm
Weight: 3.56 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 16540

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
Parish or ward: Kingsdon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST5026
Four figure Latitude: 51.03117701
Four figure longitude: -2.71439553
1:25K map: ST5026
1:10K map: ST52NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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