BERK-028AF2: Unknown brooch: Possibly Roman repousse brooch

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Unique ID: BERK-028AF2

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A lead alloy composite disc brooch of probable Roman date. The brooch has a thin sheet of lead or tin alloy with a recessed concentric band of roulette-like decoration around a raised central circular field and a raised outer field and rim. There is no other decoration. This thin sheet has been applied to the lead alloy backing, the reverse of which has the remains of a raised lug or catch - its form is hard to interpret.

No close parallel has been found, although it does bear some decorative similarities with Roman disc brooches, and applied disc brooches of this period are known (see Mackreth 2011 volume 2 plate 104-105).

Class: Disc
Sub class: Applied

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.7 mm
Weight: 17.9 g
Diameter: 35.24 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014 - Wednesday 19th March 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2014.072

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Secondary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3974
Four figure Latitude: 51.46363512
Four figure longitude: -1.4399954
1:25K map: SU3974
1:10K map: SU37SE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

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

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