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SUSS-E594AC: Fragment of a Roman Plate Brooch

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Unique ID: SUSS-E594AC

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A fragment of a cast copper-alloy Roman enamelled disc brooch dating to the second century AD. The remains of the brooch consist of a portion of the central decorative plate and a small fragment of its circumference; most of the outer edges of the brooch, including projecting terminals and much of the reverse, including pin is missing due to in situ damage. The outer face of the fragment retains a portion of its central raised design including four of its six pointed star arms with circular terminals and a central large raised pellet. Within the star designed a recessed cell retains fragments of red enamel; three recessed semi-circular cells retain fragments of black enamel between the rised outer edge of the star and the outer circumference of the brooch body. The reverse of the brooch is plain, flat and undecorated and still retains fragments of the hinge pin mechanism and simple catchplate. The copper-alloy is of an even medium green colour and no evidence for an iron pin remains. The fragment measures 18.05 mm long, 12.3 mm wide, 1.42 mm thick and weighs 0.92 grams. Cf. Hattatt 2007, p. 345, nos. 1041-1043.

Class: Flat, enamelled disc (sexfoil)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18.05 mm
Width: 12.3 mm
Thickness: 1.42 mm
Weight: 0.92 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 20th August 2015

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
Parish or ward: Micheldever (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU5339
Four figure Latitude: 51.14781592
Four figure longitude: -1.24367397
1:25K map: SU5339
1:10K map: SU53NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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