BM-D56A64: Roman openwork belt mount

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Unique ID: BM-D56A64

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An incomplete copper-alloy belt plate dating to the third century AD. The fragment comprises a portion of a rectangular plate. At one end there extend two semi-circular pierced lugs which are surrounded by iron corrosion products, probably associated with the buckle frame. From the underside of the plate, there also extends a small, circular-section lug. At the other end, there extend two rectangular cells, which originally appear to have been filled with yellow enamel, traces of which survive. The belt plate measures 27mm in length, 23mm in width and is a maximum of 7mm in thickness. It weighs 5.5 grams. This is probably part of a belt plate of Hoss' Type B.24b (South Shields variant) although its fragmentary state does not permit certainty. It is very similar to catalogue number B.1662, an example from Caerleon (Hoss 2014, 191-192).


SF 374. Seen 29.5.18

Class: Plate

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 200
Date to: Circa AD 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27 mm
Width: 23 mm
Thickness: 7 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Philippa Walton
Identified by: Dr Philippa Walton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Box 15, Bag 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

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

References cited

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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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