LVPL-49DC54: Bronze Age ring

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Unique ID: LVPL-49DC54

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy ring or bead of middle Bronze Age to late Iron Age date, 1500 BC - AD 50. The object is circular in plan and sub-oval (lentoid) in cross section. The object has a large central circular hole with an internal diameter of 11.57mm. The ring measures 22.04mm in diameter, 6.24mm thick and weighs 9.7g. The object has a smooth mid-dark brown patina. There is no obvious cast or incised decoration present. There are several areas where abrasion has removed this patina and light green powdery corrosion has developed.

The function of this bead or ring is uncertain with possible uses including harness or similar functional fitting possibly associated with personal dress. There are a number of rings recorded from the Flag Fen excavations, Peterborough.

A similar example which can be found on the database is Reavill, P (2008) HESH-4B9AC5: A BRONZE AGE RING Web page available at:

Pryor, F., 2001. The Flag Fen Basin: Archaeology and Environment of a Fenland Landscape Swindon : English Heritage

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa AD 50

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 6.24 mm
Weight: 9.7 g
Diameter: 22.04 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st April 2014 - Friday 14th November 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Whittington

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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