BM-B674D8:  BM-B674D8: Roman phalera attachment loop

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Unique ID: BM-B674D8

Object type certainty: Possibly
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A copper-alloy loop, possibly an attachment loop from a shoulder belt phalera dating to the third century AD. The object comprises a flat, lentoidal plate. From the upper surface of this plate, there extends a semi-circular loop, which is rectangular in section. This loop is not symmetrical, being slightly distorted in shape at one side. Where it is distorted, there is also a small notch taken out of its inner edge, which may be a casting flaw or a deliberate modification. From the under side of the plate, there also extends a central, circular-section lug, which terminates in a flat circular end plate. The lentoidal plate measures 22mm in length and a maximum of 8mm in width. The loop measures 2mm in width and thickness and at its widest point is 10mm from the lentoidal plate. The lug measures 7mm in length and a maximum of 6mm in diameter. The end plate has a diameter of 6mm. It weighs 6g.

See the illustrations of phalerae from Vimose, Carlisle and Saalburg (Bishop and Coulston 2009, 159, fig. 100) for examples of similar loops in situ on phalerae. There is also a close parallel for this loop in 3.693 from South Shields (Allason-Jones and Miket 1984, 208), Chesters (Chesters Museum 1444 (2968) Budge 1903, 386) and Aldborough (Bishop 1996, 67-68, SF 422 and Fig. 37). Another similar loop has also been recovered from the River Tees at Piercebridge (BM-B78D21) although this example has a trapezoidal loop.


SF 431. Seen 30.5.18

Class: Shoulder belt
Sub class: Phalera

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22 mm
Width: 8 mm
Weight: 6 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
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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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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