LANCUM-503303: Lead crossbow brooch, possibly a pattern

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BROOCH

Unique ID: LANCUM-503303

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Fragment of a very simple lead-ally crossbow brooch, probably dating from the Roman period, that is c. AD175-250. Only part of the bow and the head survive. There is no spring or a pin. The bow was roughly triangular in corss-section and it has the typical onion-shaped knops/terminals at the head and on either side of the arms of the cross bar.

This is a very unusual find and if dating from the Roman period it could be interpreted as a pattern for making moulds for casting simple crossbow brooches.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Crossbow

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 175
Date to: Circa AD 250

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40 mm
Height: 22 mm
Width: 41 mm
Weight: 44.13 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 9th March 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Dot Boughton
Identified by: Dr Dot Boughton
Secondary identifier: Ms Sally Worrell

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cumbria (County)
District: South Lakeland (District)
To be known as: Aldingham

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: LANCUM
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Updated: 2 years ago

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