WAW-2CC761: Roman or Medieval buckle plate (plan and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-2CC761

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Roman to Medieval (1st to 14th century) buckle plate: The buckle plate is incomplete and what remains is a sub-rectangular copper alloy sheet with one narrow edge having a stepped out edge on the sides, and the edge is folded over to the reverse, originally over the strap bar. The fold has a slender slot to allow for the pin. Within the fold there are traces of iron suggesting the buckle frame was iron. The body of the buckle plate is decorated with a ring and dot at each corner of the 'step' portion and then there are three notched grooves running the length of the plate to the broken narrow edge. This break is probably quite recent. The outer face of the plate has a shiny light green/grey patina, the reverse has a matte, mottled surface. It measures 22.96mm long, 22mm wide, 2.83mm thick and weighs 2.4g.

Buckle plates are found on buckles from the Roman period through to the Medieval period. The date of this buckle plate is uncertain, but based on the surface condition, colour and style of decoration it may be Roman rather than Medieval.

Class: Plate

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.96 mm
Width: 22 mm
Thickness: 2.83 mm
Weight: 2.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 10th September 2013

Personal details

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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: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Colwall (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO7542
Four figure Latitude: 52.07579262
Four figure longitude: -2.3661827
1:25K map: SO7542
1:10K map: SO74SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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