SWYOR-6939BB: Iron Age Harness fitting; Mini terret

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Unique ID: SWYOR-6939BB

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy mini-terret dating from 300 BC - 100 AD. The terret has an annular hoop with two prominent radiating ribs flanking the bar, and a flat back giving a D-section. The central hole is circular and the bar is almost as thick as the rest of the hoop. There is an incised line round the edge of the hoop, near the back, which does not exten over the ribs or on to the bar. It is 22.2mm diameter, 3.7mm thick and 5.88g. It has a pitted but glossy dark brown patina.

This object can be compared to SUR-265AA3, LIN-6799A3, SWYOR-6FB6D2 and SF-A70334.

SUR-265AA3 notes that: "These objects are described in the literature as 'minature terrets' but they are different to true terrets in form and function.

Hutcheson (2004 Later Iron Age Norfolk: Metalwork, Landscape and Society Oxford : Archaeopress), on page 29 notes that it has been suggested these mini terrets were perhaps attached to the ends of narrow straps to prevent linch pins from becoming detatched from chariots. Minature terrets have been found in association with the heads of linch pins in vehicle burials in East Yorkshire."

Class: Terret
Sub class: Miniature

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 300 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 5.88 g
Diameter: 22.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 28th June 2015 - Sunday 28th June 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2629

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Harrogate (District)
Parish or ward: Brearton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE3159
Four figure Latitude: 54.02607009
Four figure longitude: -1.52828268
1:25K map: SE3159
1:10K map: SE35NW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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