BM-8B0862: BM-8B0862: Roman openwork belt mount

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Unique ID: BM-8B0862

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A fragment of a cast copper-alloy belt mount dating to the late second or early third century AD. The fitting comprises an openwork design of at least three trumpet motifs which extend from a central bar. Both this bar and the trumpet motifs are angular in form, being almost triangular in section. On the underside of the openwork plate, positioned at the terminal of one of the trumpet motifs, there extends a circular-section lug, the terminals of which appears to have been hammered flat. The strap fitting measures 31mm in length, a maximum of 24mm in width and a maximum of 4mm in thickness. The lugs measures 4mm in length and is 3mm in diameter. It weighs 4g.

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. Hoss notes that there is a clear concentration of similar mounts with trumpet motifs along the Danubian limes, but that they are also found more widely at military installations from Hadrian's Wall to Morocco (Hoss 2014, 175). She also catalogues several mounts which are similar in style and execution including B.1415 from Lauriacum, Austria (Hoss 2014, 180, Taf. 54), B.1457 from Bezirk Breclav, Czech Republic, (Hoss 2014, 182 and Taf. 55) and B.1478 from a private collection (Hoss 2014, 183-4, Taf. 56).


SF 4410. Seen 30.5.18

Class: Mount

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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: 31 mm
Width: 21 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 4 g

Personal details

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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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Recording Institution: BM
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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