WAW-54DBD5: Roman brooch: Polden Hill type (plan).

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Unique ID: WAW-54DBD5

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Roman brooch of Colchester derivative Polden Hill type (Mackreth Group 3.e, flat wing ends, manufacted middle Severn Valley), Mackreth 2011, 3.e. Plate 46, pg. 71, no. 1854.The copper alloy brooch is incomplete. The wings are semi-cylindrical terminating with incomplete perforated wing caps. The wings are undecorated. At the junction of the wings and bow head there is the remains of an integral hook. The copper alloy axis bar spring and pin are all missing. The bow head is hump-like in profile and decorated with two vertical, parallel grooves. The bow is oval in section, and gradually tapers to a broken edge just below the wings. The surface of the brooch has an incomplete well developed mid grey/green patina. It measures 18.39mm long, 17.08mm wide across the wings and weighs 4g.

The brooch is a Polden Hill type. Bayley and Butcher (2004:160) comment that the distribution of Polden Hill brooches are concentrated in the West Midlands and suggest they date to AD 80 to 120.

Bayley and Butcher, 2004 Roman Brooches in Britain: A technological and Typological Study Based on the Richborough Collection Society of Antiquaries

Class: Colchester derivative Polden Hill (Mackreth Group 3.e, flat wing ends, manufacted middle Severn Valley)
Sub class: Mackreth 2011, 3.e. Plate 46, pg. 71, no. 1854.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18.39 mm
Width: 17.08 mm
Weight: 4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2012 - Monday 31st December 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Stratford-on-Avon (District)
Parish or ward: Bidford-on-Avon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP0950
Four figure Latitude: 52.1482149
Four figure longitude: -1.86988627
1:25K map: SP0950
1:10K map: SP05SE
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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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