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Unknown object of unknown age. Possibly a lead alloy buckle fragment. It consists of two coterminous fragments decorated with moulded tranverse ridges. There is also a possibility that it is related to brooch making. Combined measurements are length 37mm, width 42mm and weight 20.09g.
First, this may be a trial piece or model of Roman date, or possibly a symbolic replacement for a brooch. The latter is occasionally encountered, though mainly in post-Roman (Anglo-Saxon) burial contexts. This may be a 19th century imitation of a Romano-British brooch form in an easily cast material, omitting the complexities of the pin gear. Another possibility is that the object is completely unrelated to brooches, and is some different class of object altogether, perhaps, for example, a handle fragment.
The brooch pattern is a mid - whitish grey colour with an uneven abraded patina. Where abrasion has occurred patches of light white corrosion product are present.
It could be interpreted as a pattern for making moulds for casting simple crossbow brooches. Similar styles of brooch can be seen in Richard Hattatt's Visual Guide to Ancient brooches and Bayley and Butcher: Roman Brooches in Britain. There are very few parallels for lead forms or brooches; the PAS have recorded 8 (NMS-006CB8 Grimston Norfolk, NCL-287030 Piercebridge, Durham, WMID865 Chaddesley, Worcestershire, HESH-8D3853 Harley and HESH-2D60D4 Cleobury, Shropshire,
NMGW-B7CA69 Rossett, Wrexham, HESH-3AF6F8 Ecclesfield, Staffordshire and SWYOR-E383C6 Darrington, West Yorkshire (a form of trumpet brooch) as well as possibly SWYOR-6F0D36 from Nottinghamshire. There are several other published examples which are examined briefly in a short note by Angie Bolton in the PAS Midlands Region Newsletter 4 - Spring 2006. Currently these are interpreted as lead forms for making moulds and may be evidence of brooch manufacture. A recently published example in MacKreth (2011: p5) notes a lead pattern for a Polden Hill Dolphin style brooch being found at Donnington, Salop (9825).
It is possible that this form of lead brooch could also be interpreted as miniature artefacts or votive models it should be noted that some are interpreted as such within the archaeological record.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: UNKNOWN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: UNKNOWN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 2
Length: 47 mm
Width: 32 mm
Weight: 20.09 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 2nd March 2017 - Thursday 2nd March 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Noon
Identified by: Mr Stuart Noon
Secondary identifier: Mr Alex Whitlock

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: South Kesteven (District)
Parish or ward: Edenham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF0523
Four figure Latitude: 52.79435892
Four figure longitude: -0.44423743
1:25K map: TF0523
1:10K map: TF02SE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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