SOM-2451B2: Roman T-shaped brooch

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BROOCH

Unique ID: SOM-2451B2

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A fragmentary cast copper alloy T-shaped brooch of early Roman date. Present is part of the head and upper bow; the rest of the head, pin, lower bow, including leg and catch-plate, are missing. The head was formed of cylindrical wings with a slot that is slightly off centre; one of the wings has been lost beyond the head. Retained in the extant wing is the remnant of the copper-alloy axis bar for the former hinged pin, viewable within the slot. The surviving wing is decorated with a pair of transverse lines at the end on the upper surface. An integral headloop protrudes from the centre of the head. It is a tab of thin rectangular cross-section and has broken through at the loop as a result of old damage.

The bow has a curved cross-section, shallowly concave on the back and almost flat on the front. It projects at a steep angle from the head initially, followed by a shallower angle beyond. It has been broken across the upper bow as a result of old damage with a diagonal break. On its upper surface the bow is decorated with an incised cross in saltire within the more shallowly angled panel. The sides of the upper bow are rebated.

Bayley and Butcher (2004, 167) suggest this type is mainly South Western in distribution and dates to the later first - early 2nd century AD (c. AD 75-150). The fragment has an even mid-green patina with some areas of pitting and light-green corrosion product. The lower surface of the bow is comparatively rough.

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 75
Date to: Circa AD 150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 11.5 mm
Height: 6.9 mm
Width: 18.7 mm
Weight: 1.75 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 16622

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: Centred on field
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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Audit data

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

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