BM-75E468: BM-75E468: Roman mount

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Unique ID: BM-75E468

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A complete cast copper-alloy belt mount or harness fitting dating to the late second or early third century AD. The fitting is oval in shape and comprises an openwork plate of four adjoining trumpet motifs. The openwork plate is D-shaped in section. The outer motifs are semi-circular in shape and possess trumpet-shaped terminals. The terminals are decorated with a single incised line. Two further trumpet motifs extend from diagonally opposed trumpet terminals. On the underside of the openwork plate, positioned on the outer edges, there extend two circular-section lugs which terminate in flat, circular plates. The strap fitting measures 38mm in length, 22mm in width and a maximum of 3mm in thickness. The lugs measures 4mm in length and their end plates 6mm in diameter. The fitting weighs 6.2 grams.

A remarkably similar example, possibly cast from the same moulds, was found in the excavation of Barrack Block 7, Room 39 at Prysg Field, Caerleon (Chapman 2005, 126, no. Sr14) and the type is known more generally on sites along the Upper German-Raetian Limes (Oldenstein 1976, 272, nos. 908-10).

The trumpet or 'trompetenmuster' motif is a common decorative feature of Roman metalwork dating to the second and third century AD. See Von Jenny, W.A. (1935) Keltische Metallarbeiten aus Heidnischer und Christlicher Zeit for a discussion of the motif.

Notes:

SF 5027. Seen 30.5.18

Class: Mount

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 150
Date to: Circa AD 250

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 38 mm
Width: 22 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 6.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 8th March 2008

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Philippa Walton
Identified by: Dr Philippa Walton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Box 22, Bag 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Darlington (Unitary Authority)
District: Darlington (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Piercebridge (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ2115
Four figure Latitude: 54.52984883
Four figure longitude: -1.67701825
1:25K map: NZ2115
1:10K map: NZ21NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: While diving in the River Tees
General landuse: Open fresh water

References cited

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Updated: 6 months ago

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