BM-D9FC64: BM-D9FC64: Roman element from openwork beltplate

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Unique ID: BM-D9FC64

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A small copper-alloy object, probably an element from the centre of an openwork belt-plate dating to the mid second or third centuries AD. The element comprises a hemispherical-section bar of two circular cells separated by a waisted moulding. Each cell is filled with a ring of degraded turquoise enamel, with the inside of each ring empty. The bar terminates at each end in a trapezoidal collar and small offset rectangular lugs. These lugs were probably used to secure the bar within the larger belt plate. The underside of the element is plain. It measures 30mm in length, a maximum of 7mm in width and is 2mm thick. It weighs 2g.

Although the size and design of this particular element is unusual, it is probable that it formed the centrepiece of an elaborate millefiori and enamel belt-plates dating from the Antonine period onwards. These have been found at military sites such as Carnuntum (Bishop and Coulston 2009, 183, no. 1) and South Shields (Allason-Jones and Miket 1984, p.94-95, nos. 3.10 and 3.11, Pl. VI). Similar bars of enamelled cells are known from Corbridge (Corbridge Museum 75.599), Brough (BM 74.12-28.17) and Caerleon (Arch. Camb. CXIX, 1971, p. 58, fig. 17).

Notes:

SF 557. 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 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30 mm
Width: 7 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 2 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
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

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: 10 months ago

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