CORN-F38191: Polden Hill brooch (plan)

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BROOCH

Unique ID: CORN-F38191

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Fragment of a cast copper alloy Roman sprung Polden Hill type brooch which would have had two parts and is now missing its foot and catchplate on this part and its spring mechanism and pin, which formed the second part at the back of the brooch. Between the two wings, on top of the head, is a small knop which is the remains of the base of the hook for the chord that extended from the spring. The wings of the brooch are short, hollow and semi-circular in section with broken holes at either end where the axial rod would have been held. Each wing is curved backwards and finishes in a raised moulding with flat wing ends. The upper part of the head projects forward in a pronounced ridge beyond a flat platform. There are two circular depressions that are like eyes on either side of recessed groove with a raised zig zag line down the middle which runs vertically down the centre of the bow and may originally have held enamelling. The broken end of the bow is trapezoidal in section with the groove running down the centre of the front face.

Hattatt (2000) illustrates a similar example of sprung Polden Hill type brooch with vertical grooves and flat wing ends on page 300, fig.159, no.900, which is dated from the 1st century AD.

Bayley and Butcher (2004) illustrate a similar sprung Polden Hill brooch on page 90, fig.71, no.210, which dates from the late 1st century to the early 2nd century AD.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 80
Date to: Circa AD 120

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16 mm
Height: 9 mm
Width: 19 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 4.55 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2010 - Thursday 31st December 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 3d

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Veryan (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW9138
Four figure Latitude: 50.20502821
Four figure longitude: -4.93022797
1:25K map: SW9138
1:10K map: SW98SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Bayley, J. and Butcher, S. 2004 Roman Brooches in Britain: A Technological and Typological Study Based on the Richborough Collection London The Society of Antiquaries 90, fig.71 no.210
Hattatt, R. 2000 A Visual Catalogue of Richard Hattatt's Ancient Brooches Oxford Oxbow Books 300, fig.159 no.900

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