SWYOR-1CA6D5: Button and loop fastener

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Unique ID: SWYOR-1CA6D5

Object type certainty: Probably
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A copper alloy late Iron Age to Roman button and loop fastener (probably), seemingly a variant of Wild Class IX which have a bar rather than a button. This example has a baluster shaped bar and descending from it, a shield shaped (pointed base) openwork plate.

The plate has a central vertical rib between the bar and the apex. A spiral springing from this rib near the bar, forms a coil on each side. Curved struts join this spiral to the apex, and join the central knop of the bar to the outer knops.

The baluster shaped bar has a disc like central boss, and a globular, almost half round, knop at each end. All three are decorated with a circumferential band of beading bordered by incised lines. Extending from the back of the central knop is the oval attachment loop. This is in the same plane as the openwork plate, but set back from it by a right angle bend in the shank.

The fitting has a dark green, slightly patchy patina. It is 65.9mm long, 37.7mm wide and 17.4mm thick. 37.35g.

No close parallel has been identified on the PAS database, but the style is clearly related to Wild Class IX button and loop fasteners such as SUSS-D17D34 and other stap fitting of similar date such as the sword belt fitting LANCUM-30FA31 and strap fitting DUR-32FCF7. Wild (1970, Button-and-loop fasteners in the Roman Provinces, published in Britannia Volume 1) also mentions some atypical fasteners, some of which have openwork elements.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Wild Class IX variant

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 200 BC
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 65.9 mm
Width: 37.7 mm
Thickness: 17.4 mm
Weight: 37.35 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 4th October 2015 - Sunday 4th October 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 2744

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
District: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Hampole (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5012
Four figure Latitude: 53.6021874
Four figure longitude: -1.24589284
1:25K map: SE5012
1:10K map: SE51SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 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: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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