BH-32267E: Roman pin (incomplete)

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Unique ID: BH-32267E

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An incomplete Roman copper-alloy pin.

The upper half of the pin head is hemispherical and is divided into quarters by a cross formed of a wide central groove flanked by two narrower grooves. At the centre of each of these quarters is an incuse pellet. The lower half of the head is of inverted-conical form, tapering towards what remains of the circular-cross-sectioned shaft. A band of ringed grooves and ridges marks the transition between the head and the shaft.

Length: 30.3mm; width: 12mm. Weight: 7.58g.

A similar pin recorded on the PAS database is BH-76F3FD, from Braughing, Hertfordshire, which is dated to late 2nd/3rd century AD, based on comparison with a published parallel from nearby Baldock (Stead and Rigby 1986: 128/fig. 55, no. 222). As this piece differs slightly from the two parallels cited, a slightly wider date range is suggested.

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 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.3 mm
Width: 12 mm
Weight: 7.58 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st July 2015

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 15/111 - 91

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
To be known as: Kingsey

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Stead, I.M. and Rigby, V. 1986 Baldock: The Excavation of a Roman and Pre-Roman Settlement, 1968-72 London Britannia Monograph Series No. 7

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Audit data

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

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