SOM-923AC3: Roman copper alloy brooch fragment

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Unique ID: SOM-923AC3

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An incomplete Roman copper alloy brooch fragment, probably a hinged Colchester derivative developed T-shaped brooch, probably dating to c. AD 75-150. The surviving fragment comprises of the bow and catchplate only. The bow terminates below the head in a worn break, 6.9mm wide and 2.2mm thick, tapering in width towards the foot and with a shallow C-shaped cross-section. Truncated by the break are a pair of obliquely angled ridges, seemingly converging towards the head, and with the bow also cast into a central triple-stranded cross-moulding, flanked by narrowed waists and a collar on either side. The lower bow features a cast recessed longitudinal channel, and terminates in an integral foot knop. From the reverse projects an integral, unperforated sub-rectangular catchplate, the catch folding to the right; it's reverse is undecorated. The catchplate survives coplete to a hieght of 10.0mm.

Dimensions: length 32.1mm; width 6.9mm; thickness at base (foot to reverse of catch) 7.7mm; weight 2.57g.

The brooch is most likely a developed T-shaped brooch, although lacking the head this cannot be stated with certainty. This example can be compared to Hull's type 120 (illustrated by Bayley & Butcher 2004: 166, fig. 138), Bayley & Butcher (ibid) date this type to the later first and second century, suggesting that it is a development of the Flavian 'initial' T-shaped type.

Class: Colchester derivative developed T-shaped brooch
Sub class: Hull type 120

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 75
Date to: Circa AD 150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.1 mm
Width: 6.9 mm
Thickness: 7.7 mm
Weight: 2.57 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019753

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: East Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Shapwick (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9403
Four figure Latitude: 50.82650591
Four figure longitude: -2.08655542
1:25K map: ST9403
1:10K map: ST90SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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