WAW-167535: Roman plate brooch (plan and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-167535

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Roman (2nd to early 3rd century) plate brooch: The copper alloy brooch is a trefoil in plan, composed of three adjoining circular cells, each of which is decorated with a central pellet and an annulet. In the central field there is light green coloured enamel, which may have originally been red, and the exterior field is filled with mid green enamel, and this may be the original colour. The combination of the three raised circles creates a small triangular cell in the centre of the plate, which is also filled with enamel, possibly the light green. The reverse is flat and undecorated, with the remains of a three coiled spring and the fourth coil becoming the pin. The spring is held in place by an axial bar running between two copper-alloy circular lugs. On the opposite edge there is a larger lug which has a curled upper edge, forming the catchplate. The brooch measures 19.12mm long, 19.76mm wide, 7.31mm thick at the catchplate and weighs 3.1grams.

Hattat (1989) illustrates a very similar brooch, No. 1616 and dates it to the 2nd century. Bayley and Butcher (2004, 176) comments plate brooches continued into the early 3rd century. Similar brooches on the PAS database include SUSS-21E171, BH-F3CBB6, and HAMP-8B7D92.

Bayley and Butcher, 2004 Roman Brooches in Britain: A technological and Typological Study Based on the Richborough Collection Society of Antiquaries p. 176

Hattat, R. 1989 Ancient Brooches and Other Artefacts Oxbow.

Class: Plate

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 225

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.12 mm
Width: 19.76 mm
Thickness: 7.31 mm
Weight: 3.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 25th September 2012 - Wednesday 12th December 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Wychavon (District)
Parish or ward: Cleeve Prior (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP0850
Four figure Latitude: 52.14823008
Four figure longitude: -1.88450065
1:25K map: SP0850
1:10K map: SP05SE
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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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