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Unique ID: SF-7A8CA7

Object type certainty: Certain
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A heavy copper alloy disc 24.5mm in diameter bearing scribed or incised circles at 19mm and 9mm concentric around a centred sunk pin-hole. These concentric circles are slightly off-centre to the disc itself. On the reverse, which shows a rough cast surface, arises a large perforated lug of similar metal, standing some 10mm high from the disc with a hole 3mm in gauge but countersunk on one face to an overall diameter of 4mm. The disc varies from 2 to 2.5mm in thickness. The surface of the object has a dark blackish-green patination. Good Roman parallels for such objects are shown by Jurgen Oldenstein in his Catalogue of German-Roman auxiliary accessories, with particularly similar examples from Saalburg and Weissenburg, these also showing the large in-cast perforated lug and the incised concentric circles. See his Catalogue Tafel 50 and especially pages 255-259 under the heading'Kleine runde Beschlage, sogenannte Knoepfe'- Beschlage mit gelochtem Band, sogenannte Schildnagel (i.e.'Shield-nails'). Beschlage mit flacher, profilierter Kopfplatte, esp. nos 571-573.

Class: Knoepfe type (Roman?),
Sub class: Schildnagel,

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 43
Date to: AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Weight: 13.17 g
Diameter: 25 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 26th February 2004

Personal details

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Identified by: Miss Faye Minter
Secondary identifier: Dr Tom Plunkett

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration method: Engraved
Decoration style: Linear

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Fressingfield

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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