NMGW-745A57: Late Iron Age circular openwork mount

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Late Iron Age copper alloy circular openwork mount, probably of 1st century AD date

The mount is fragmentary, represented by a little under half and was circular (with a diameter of 45.9mm, a surviving width of 25.7mm, a thickness of 2.7mm and a weight of 6.2g). The mount has broken across a diameter, with a possible tear at the centre. The openwork decoration appears to have been of 'whirligig' form arranged around a triskele and incorporating pelta and sub-triangular apertures, with two concave sides and a convex side against the outer frame. The design was enhanced with grooved borders and faceting around S-shaped scrolls. A number of circular depressions appear to be positioned at the scroll terminals, probably originally with prominent incised line borders from the scrolls, now corroded. Much of the original surface has been lost and the surviving part is heavily-corroded and worn. The rear of the mount is flat and has a number of striations or scratches beneath the patina. The surface has a dark-brown patina with areas of paler brown surface-loss. At the centre is patch of green corrosion.


A reconstruction of the design by repeating the fragment suggests the design incorporates three circular roundels within the circular frame, with S-scrolls running through. The design can be broadly paralleled with an openwork design on a dangler from Standlake, Suffolk (Jope, 2000 no. 688, p 337) . The tear at the centre and the different coloured corrosion around the break may suggest that the mount was also a fob or dangler with a separate copper alloy shank but it is also possible that the mount was attached by a rivet through its centre.

1. Jope, E. M., 2000; Early Celtic Art in the British Isles; Text

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Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa AD 1
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 25.7 mm
Thickness: 2.7 mm
Weight: 6.2 g
Diameter: 45.9 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Wenke Domscheit
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2014.169

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Openwork
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Powys (Unitary Authority)
District: Powys (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Talgarth (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO1828
Four figure Latitude: 51.94443197
Four figure longitude: -3.19437262
1:25K map: SO1828
1:10K map: SO12NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Updated: 4 years ago

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