WAW-2D9F51: Roman brooch: Polden Hill type (plan, profile and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-2D9F51

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Roman brooch of Colchester derivative Polden Hill (flat wing ends type, West Midlands) type, cf. Mackreth 2011, 4.a-4.b, 4c, Plate 46, (AD c. 80-120): The brooch is copper alloy and incomplete. The wings are semi-cylindrical terminating with incomplete perforated wing caps. On both sides a ridge is present at the shoulder between the wings and the bow. The wings are undecorated. At the junction of the wings and bow head has the remains of an integral hook which would have held the chord in place. The axis bar, spring and pin are all missing. The bowhead is hump-like in profile and is undecorated. The bow is sub-oval in section, and gradually tapers to break which is recent. On the reverse of the bow, at the junction with the wings there is a patch of white metal alloy, which is quite thick. The surface of the brooch has an incomplete mid-dark brown/green patina. It measures 20.86mm long, 18.5mm wide across the wings and weighs 5.1g.

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 (flat wing ends type, West Midlands)
Sub class: Mackreth 2011, 4.a-4.b, 4c, Plate 46

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 80
Date to: Circa AD 120

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.86 mm
Width: 18.5 mm
Weight: 5.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 8th December 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: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
Parish or ward: Hallow (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8158
Four figure Latitude: 52.21987801
Four figure longitude: -2.27953953
1:25K map: SO8158
1:10K map: SO85NW
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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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