LANCUM-1BEF5B: Ring-headed pin

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Copper alloy pin dating from the Middle or Later Iron Age, probably c. 400-200BC. The pin is complete and in extremely good condition. The surfaces are not very worn and the patina is smooth and of dark brown colour. There is some corrosion/corrosive patches along lower part of the stem, but the ring head shows little corrosion/damage. The stem is short, with a small diameter while the ring head is heavy with a larger diameter. The ring head was integrally cast, i.e. both stem and head were cast in one rather than the ring being bent around to touch the stem. The ring is decorated with three evenly spaced moulded balls and there are smaller collar mouldings on either side of the balls as well as on either of the stem where it is connected to the ring head. It only appears to have been decorated with moulded decoration; there is no evidence or enamel or coral inlays.

Ref: A similar pin from Sawdon (Yorkshire) was published by G.C. Dunning in "The Early Iron Age swan's neck and ring-headed pins in Britain" (1934, 277; fig. 4:10).

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Exactly 400 BC
Date to: Exactly 200 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 183 mm
Width: 54 mm
Thickness: 12.5 mm
Weight: 62.82 g
Diameter: 54 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 13th January 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Dot Boughton
Identified by: Dr Dot Boughton
Secondary identifier: Dr Dot Boughton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Lancaster (District)
To be known as: Kirkby Lonsdale

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one month ago

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