SOM-3829A6: Roman developed T-shaped brooch

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BROOCH

Unique ID: SOM-3829A6

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The head and upper bow from a copper-alloy Developed T-shaped brooch of early Roman date. The leg is missing below a central knop due to an old break. Furthermore, only the head of the pin survives.

Cylindrical wings conceal the copper-alloy axis bar for the hinged pin. Their upper surfaces are decorated with two incised lines at each end. The head of the pin has a pointed projection for tensioning, but this is all that survives of the pin; the very beginnings of the shaft have been been to one side. On the upper surface the wing tip are decorated with a pair of transversely incised lines.

The bow has a D-shaped cross-section. The upper bow has moulded decoration in the form a low central longituidnal ridge. There are also low ridges at the junction of bow and wings on the upper surface. Otherwise the bow is plain either side of the central ridge and above a transverse ridge. Beyond a groove the bow expands slightly into a central knop which is decorated with finely incised longitudinal lines. Around another groove below this knop the brooch has been broken.

This brooch is comparable to a Wilsford type example illustrated in Hattatt (2000, 302; no. 1519) found at Wilton, Wiltshire, although it lacks the characteristic mouldings on the bow. It has a variable mid-green patina.

Class: T-shaped
Sub class: Developed

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 175

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16.4 mm
Height: 7 mm
Width: 25.9 mm
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Weight: 3.85 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 16593

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Near Wincanton

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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