ESS-D6E8F1: Fragment of bone handle

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Unique ID: ESS-D6E8F1

Object type certainty: Probably
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Incomplete bone object, probably a handle. This object represents approximately one quarter of the original, tubular, hollow handle. It is subrectangular in plan and curved (not fully C shaped) in section. Either end of the object has a smooth, straight edge, suggesting that the full length survives. The front face is decorated with a carved decoration. To one end are two parallel lines forming a border. To the other end is a larger border formed from a pair of double parallel lines. Between these lines extend short transverse lines that are off set from each other so that they sit between each other, not meeting the other side. The main body of the object is decorated with a series of long double, parallel-carved lines running from the larger border up into the main body. These lines curve over and return to the border in a P shape. Each P shape is shorter than its predecessor. Two complete P shapes survive, alongside one partially surviving. The centre of the rounded areas has an incised dot. Presumably these P shapes extended around the object. The reverse of the object is plain. It has a golden brown patina. The fragment is 40.82mm long, 19.78mm wide, 3.72mm thick and weighs 4.00g. No parallels for the object or decoration could be found. It is likely to be Roman to post medieval in date.

Class: Handle

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.82 mm
Width: 19.78 mm
Thickness: 3.72 mm
Weight: 4 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Caroline McDonald
Identified by: Caroline McDonald

Materials and construction

Primary material: Animal skeletal material
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Castle Point (District)
To be known as: Canvey Island

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Part of a collection discovered over some 30 years
General landuse: Coastland
Specific landuse: Inter-tidal

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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