SWYOR-A95E65: Roman knee brooch variant

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Unique ID: SWYOR-A95E65

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A cast copper alloy Roman brooch, dating from AD 100 - 400. It is a variant of the knee brooch type with a plate like head (the edges are broken so the original shape in unknown), a short bow and a fantail foot. Head, bow and foot are all of rectangular section. There is no decoration. On the underside of the head are two semi-circular lugs. These are pierced to take the pin bar. The remains of a ferrous pin bar can be seen in both of the lugs; the pin and bar itself is missing. The remains of a catch plate are also visible on the underside of the fantail, running its full length. The brooch has a smooth, dark brown patina, missing in places. It is 38.7mm long, 18.5mm wide and 17mm thick. It weighs 5.56gm.

Similar brooches are illustrated in Mackreth, 2011, Brooches in Late Iron Age and Roman Britain, volume 2, plate 131, numbers 7694 and 7705, also in Hattat, 2000, Visual Catalogue of Ancient Brooches, figure 193, number 1224.

Class: Knee brooch

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 38.7 mm
Width: 18.5 mm
Thickness: 17 mm
Weight: 5.56 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st September 2013 - Thursday 13th February 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jack Volunteer Coulthard
Identified by: Mr Jack Volunteer Coulthard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2310

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Selby (District)
Parish or ward: Wistow (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5634
Four figure Latitude: 53.7992986
Four figure longitude: -1.15126593
1:25K map: SE5634
1:10K map: SE53SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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