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PUBLIC-646668: Incomplete Roman Padlock

Rights Holder: Kent County Council
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Unique ID: PUBLIC-646668

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An incomplete composite copper-alloy and iron probable Roman padlock dating to the period 43 to 410.

Description: The padlock remains as the as most of the iron and copper-alloy bolt and part of the padlock case. The bolt is formed from two prongs with a collar that would align with the case and an incomplete curved arm likely part of the securing hasp. The prongs are covered in iron corrosion likely part of the original locking mechanism. The case only remains as part of the convex decorative front. Despite being damaged what remains is in good condition.

Measurements:Length: 54.4 mm, Width: 22.61 mm and Weight: 21.1 g

Discussion: This object is likely originally a figurative roman padlock similar to SUR-302076 and are rare finds for Britain general date 1st to 3rd century AD.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 54.4 mm
Width: 22.61 mm
Weight: 21.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 10th September 2017

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Ashford (District)
To be known as: Tenterden

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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