LVPL-4927E2: Roman brooch

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Unique ID: LVPL-4927E2

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Published Find published

A cast copper alloy possible Polden Hill brooch dating to the Roman period. The object is incomplete with the rounded head, and incomplete wings and bow remaining. The head is D-shaped in cross-section and is corroded. The wings project from either side of the head and are D-shaped in cross-section with a moulded decorative ridge where they join the head. 5mm of the bow is present, which terminates with an ancient break which is rounded. The rear of the head is concave where the spring would have been housed. The object has a dark brown patina and is in poor condition.

This is possibly a Polden Hill type brooch, dated to the late 1st or early 2nd century AD. This brooch type has its spring carried in a cross bar which has closed ends to carry the axial rod.

See Hattatt (2000) p.300, fig.159.

Class: Colchester derivative Polden Hill

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 75
Date to: Circa AD 175

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17 mm
Width: 20 mm
Thickness: 17 mm
Weight: 9.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st April 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warrington (Unitary Authority)
District: Warrington (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Walton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Hattatt, R. 2000 A Visual Catalogue of Richard Hattatt's Ancient Brooches Oxford Oxbow Books

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Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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