FAKL-19312B: Iron Age Strap fitting

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Unique ID: FAKL-19312B

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Iron Age strap fitting consisting of three linked 'petal bosses' each containing an annular setting surrounded by a deep groove. In the centre of each setting is a ring of what appears to white champlevé enamel surrounding a circular setting containing pale green glass. Between the petal bosses is a 'muzzle' motif which expands from a 'plump' to a 'slender' form. Beneath the muzzle is a rectangular plate one edge of which is grooved. The face of this plate bears three circular marks which may have contained dark green enamel inlay. On the underside of the mount is a single, integrally cast, rectangular loop. The undersides of the thee petal bosses are hollow as is that of the rectangular plate. While the face of the mount is carefully finished tooling marks survive on its back. Width While no direct parallel has been found for this fine object its form and decorative elements combine to suggest a late Iron Age/Early Roman date (cf. MacGregor, 1976, Nos. 19-26) c. 200BC to AD200. Width 62.1mm, Length 57.3mm, Mass 54.1g

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 200 BC
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 57.3 mm
Width: 62.1 mm
Weight: 54.1 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Kevin Leahy
Identified by: Dr Kevin Leahy

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: West Rainton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ3148
Four figure Latitude: 54.82588647
Four figure longitude: -1.51901161
1:25K map: NZ3148
1:10K map: NZ34NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Agricultural or drainage work
Discovery circumstances: Agricultural activity
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: FAKL
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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