HAMP-2E3BB8: Roman Colchester derivative brooch

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Unique ID: HAMP-2E3BB8

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An incomplete Roman (AD 50-150) copper alloy Colchester-derivative brooch, missing the lower bow and catchplate and the shank of the pin. It measures 29.9mm in length and weighs 10.52g.
The wings span 22.2mm and are tubular to the reverse with a flat, angled front extending into the bow. Each wing is decorated with three transverse grooves next to the bow. To the reverse is a 3.5mm wide slot for the pin, with the 0.8mm thick triangular sheet pin head in situ. The axis bar is visible at either open end of the wings.
The bow is rectangular in cross-section where it extends from the wings, measuring 7.4x8.5mm. it projects at a 90 degree angle from the bow, before curving and dropping vertically to a worn break where it is square in cross-section, measuring 3.7x3.7mm.
Much of the original patina has been lost and the surface is largely worn and pitted.


The brooch has much in common with Headstud brooches (cf. Hattatt , 2007; 332) although misses the typical 'headstud', a chain loop or enamel decoration on the bow.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.9 mm
Width: 22.2 mm
Weight: 10.52 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 2015 - Wednesday 8th April 2015

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Museums Entry Form 4265

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: New Forest (District)
To be known as: Damerham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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