SOM-809F02: Roman brooch Nauheim Derivative (La Tene III)

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Unique ID: SOM-809F02

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An incomplete Iron Age to Early Roman Nauheim Derivative (La Tene III) brooch, dating to c. AD 25-100. The brooch consists of the bow, catchplate and a single coil at the head, with the pin and other coils missing. At the head of the brooch the bow reaches a maximum width of 6.0mm, being rectangular in cross section, 1.6mm thick. Above this point the bow projects backwards at 90 degrees and tapers into a sub-circular wire, 2.0mm in diameter, and arches round to form the first loop of the coil before terminating a break which is not fresh, but lacks the green patination of the rest of the surface. Below the widest point the bow then tapers to a point in an unelaborated foot. In profile the brow stays largely consistent in thickness until the foot of the brooch, at which point it flares outwards into a sub-rectangular catchplate, projecting backwards by 7.2mm and 12.3mm in height, folding to the right. The catchplate has a single circular perforation 2.3mm in diameter, near its base. The bow is decorated with an off-centre longitudinal corded band of repeated small sub-rectangular punches, terminating above three engraved transverse collars.

Dimensions: length 56.8mm; width 6.0mm; thickness 7.2mm; weight 3.03g.

The brooch can be compared to examples published by Mackreth (2011: 14, plt. 6, nos. 3925 & 3946) and classified as part of his type 1.a, with the majority of examples quoted dating to the first century AD or slightly later.

Class: Nauheim Derivative (La Tene III)
Sub class: Mackreth 2011, 1.a

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 25
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56.8 mm
Width: 6 mm
Thickness: 7.2 mm
Weight: 3.03 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 5th July 2017 - Sunday 1st January 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 017392

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9636
Four figure Latitude: 51.12326854
Four figure longitude: -2.05853319
1:25K map: ST9636
1:10K map: ST93NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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