LON-BDA9D5: An incomplete Roman bone hairpin probably dating AD 43-100.

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Unique ID: LON-BDA9D5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete Roman bone hairpin probably dating AD 43-100. The pin consists of a circular shank with straight edges, broken about a third of the way down. There is a double rectangular collar separating the shank from the head. The head is that of a female bust with elaborate hairstyle The chest is trapezium shaped with a double set of engraves lines on the short edges. There is a circular collar around the neck. The face consists of a rectangular mouth and trapezoidal nose with circular eyes, the right higher than the left. The hair is decorated in a cross hatch pattern, imitating curls, with a bifurcated nodule on the top (perhaps depicting two hairpins). The reverse is flat with the hair decorated in carved chevrons.

It was fashionable in the Flavian period (AD 69-96) to wear hair in high false curls. This is perhaps what is being attempted here, but the crude nature of the design makes it difficult to know for certain. There is a similar example found in Crummy (1995, no. 445) and also in the British Museum collections: OA 245. This example is far cruder than the British Museum example, though perhaps from a craftsman attempting the same style.

Dimensions: length: 71.39 mm; width: 16.26 mm; thickness of stem: 4.58 mm; weight: 5.43g.

Reference: Crummy, N. 1995. The Roman small finds from excavations in Colchester 1971-1979. Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd, Colchester.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Museum of London
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by a museum - not a Treasure case


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 71.39 mm
Width: 16.26 mm
Thickness: 4.58 mm
Weight: 5.43 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Ben Paites
Identified by: Mr Ben Paites

Materials and construction

Primary material: Animal skeletal material
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Bridge (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.5035277
Four figure longitude: -0.09955492
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Eyes only
Current location: Museum of London
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

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