BM-3B3427: Roman belt mount

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BELT

Unique ID: BM-3B3427

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A copper-alloy element from an openwork belt plate dating to the second half of the second century AD. The mount comprises a hemispherical-section plate. The upper surface of the plate is decorated with two panels with disc mouldings; five at the top and four at the bottom, which flank a central hour-glass shaped body. The terminals of the mount are not symmetrical and comprise one flat, trapezoidal end-plate and one flat, semi-circular end plate, with a central, circular piercing. The piercing is empty. The mount measures 36.9mm in length, a maximum of 6.6mm in width and 2.7mm in thickness. The belt mount weighs 3 grams.

Two very similar belt mounts - NCL-299513 and NCL-286324 also forms part of the Piercebridge assemblage. m and a thickness of 2.9mm. The object weighs 3.1 grams. Belt plates with similar baluster mouldings are known from numerous military installations throughout the Empire, although Hoss catalogues no examples from Britain. Hoss classifies this as her Type B.14 (Lechința de Mureș type) and notes that the majority of examples come from Romania (Hoss 2014, 156). For a discussion of parallels and images of examples amongst the grave goods of Grave No. 8, Trench No. IV at Apulum, Romania see Ciguidean (2012, 112-113) with a link at:
https://www.academia.edu/2375827/Another_Roman_grave_with_military_equipment_from_Apulum

Notes:

SF 379. Seen 30.5.18

Class: Plate

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 150
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36.9 mm
Width: 6.6 mm
Thickness: 2.7 mm
Weight: 3 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Box 22, Bag 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

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

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: BM
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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