LANCUM-254F64: Roman spoked disc brooch

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Unique ID: LANCUM-254F64

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Cast copper alloy spoked disc brooch dating from the later Roman period, that is c. the 3rd-4th century AD. The brooch survives nearly complete with only the iron pin missing. The brooch was made from cast copper-alloy with a tinned/silvered reverse and a gilded obverse. The pin was made from iron. It was a sprung construction with the spring still intact but very corroded and the pin missing. The pin rest is damaged. The surface of the brooch, especially on the observe, survives nearly intact. The obverse is cast with a raised cone/tutulus which is surrounded by eight heavy cast spokes. They touch, on the outside a low rim which in turn is the inner border for a field of row of stampted/incised letter Ys. There is further hatched/diagonally incised decoration closer to the central cone which is topped by a biconical knop.

Ref: Hattatt 1987, 254-5; fig 79; 1215-1216.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: Spoked Disc

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 200
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 17.9 mm
Weight: 10.3 g
Diameter: 24 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Lambourn (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3278
Four figure Latitude: 51.5000376
Four figure longitude: -1.54039364
1:25K map: SU3278
1:10K map: SU37NW
Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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