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SUSS-8CCCE7: Roman Enameled Disc Plate Brooch

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Unique ID: SUSS-8CCCE7

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete cast copper-alloy lugged disc brooch with inlaid enamel, c. 2nd century AD. The disc brooch is flat and circular, with fragments of some of the peripheral lugs and two nearly complete lugs remaining. The outer face of the brooch is decorated with a raised six-pointed star and central pellet with a raised circumferential edge. The recessed cell comprising the star is inlaid with red enamel, nearly completely intact. The recessed areas comprising the remaining space within the circle are inlaid with blue enamel, some of which remains. The reverse is flat and undecorated, with the remains of a catchplate positioned opposite two incomplete semi-circular lugs, a copper-alloy central axial pin and a two complete and two incomplete spring coils, with an internal chord. The rest of the spring coils, the pin and the majority of the peripheral lugs are missing. The brooch measure 18.4mm diameter, 5.9mm thick with spring and it weighs 2.46 grams. The metal is of an even dark green patina. Cf. Hattatt 2007, p. 345, nos. 1041-1043 and 526.


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Class: Lugged disc

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 5.9 mm
Weight: 2.46 g
Diameter: 18.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 6th November 2013

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Horsham (District)
Parish or ward: Amberley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ0211
Four figure Latitude: 50.88949067
Four figure longitude: -0.55120253
1:25K map: TQ0211
1:10K map: TQ01SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Date is that first repoted and recorded.
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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