BM-429BE9: Roman stud mount

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Unique ID: BM-429BE9

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A incomplete copper-alloy belt plate dating to the mid-second to mid-third century AD. The fragment comprises a rectangular plate with openwork decoration forming the letters '[...]ES'. From the underside of the plate, there extends a circular-section lug with flat circular end plate. The stud mount measures 18.5mm in length, a maximum of 20mm in width and a thickness of 2mm. The semi-circular stem on the underside is circular in section, measuring 3mm in diameter, with a circular disc 5mm in diameter and 1mm thick.

Similar belt plates with the legends 'IOVIS' and 'BONA' rendered in openwork decoration are known from Osterburken (Cat. No. 846) and Feldburg (Cat. No. 847) respectively and illustrated by Oldenstein 1976, Taf. 65. Hoss (2019) notes the existence of an example in the Arch√§ologischen Staatssammlung M√ľnchen of an unpublished example reading 'SPES' and it is possible that this example originally possessed the same legend. She also catalogues two further examples which are close parallels. The first is B.1009, an openwork belt mount which she reads as 'SERVVS' but actually appears to read 'SERVES' found in the vicus area to the north east of the fort at Eining, Germany (Hoss 2019, 146 and Taf. 46) and B.1017 reading '[...]VES' from Thamusida. Morocco (Hoss 2019, 147 and Taf. 46). As so few have been found, Hoss dates them on stylistic grounds to the mid-second to mid-third century AD and notes that they are found almost exclusively on the Rhine limes and in Britain's military areas (Hoss 2019, 146).



Class: Plate
Inscription: [...]ES

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 150
Date to: Circa AD 250

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18.5 mm
Width: 20 mm
Thickness: 2 mm

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
Completeness: Fragment

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

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