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Unique ID: HAMP-7556B3

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper alloy spiral ring of later Prehistoric date, probably from the Middle Bronze Age Ornament Horizon phase (from c. 1500 BC) to the late Iron Age/ early Roman period, c. AD 100. It has worn, old breaks at either end.
The ring is comprised of a piece of copper alloy with a D-shaped cross-section bent into a circular spiral of one and a half turns. Much of the original patina is missing to reveal is very light green/ blue coloured metal beneath, heavily pitted and powdery. However where the original patina does survive (chiefly to the inside surface) is is thick, smooth and shiny and a browny-green in colour.
The inside surface of the ring is represented by the flat part of the D-shaped cross-section. Just beyond, at the base of the curving sides, an uneven join/ line of working can be seen. There is also a difference in the colour of metal here, being greener to the flat base and lower side and brown above. There is no obvious decoration.
The section of metal measures max. 6.8x5.9mm at the centre of the spiral. At one break it measures 6.6x5.9mm while at the other, which is obviously tapered, it measures 5.9x4.9mm. The object itself has a diameter of 32.2mm (internal c.19mm), is 13.8mm tall and weighs 26.43g.

The spiral ring is comparable to examples in the Near Lewes hoard (
SUSS-C5D042) and the Ockham hoard (SUR-B41DB6), both Middle Bronze Age in date.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 13.8 mm
Weight: 26.43 g
Diameter: 32.2 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Object Entry Form WINCM 471

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: East Hampshire (District)
To be known as: Froxfield

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: About one year ago
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