DENO-F5C2D6: Iron Age Harness Fitting

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Unique ID: DENO-F5C2D6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Fragment of a late Iron Age cast copper alloy harness fitting (100 BC - AD 43). The fragment comprises a substantial portion of the D-shaped loop with an integral, central lip-shaped moulding formed of two protuding convex discs of red enamel or coral. The upper terminal has been broken and is badly pitted and corroded. The lower terminal has a collar with a circular section and is slightly pitted, and the section where the bar would have been attached is visible. It's length is 52.9mm, it's thickness: 10.5mm and weight: 27.7g

Harness fitting terrets emerged in Britain during the 3rd century BC and were the most abundant copper alloy material in the archaeological record of the later Iron Age. They were attached to chariots drawn by yoked ponies.

See: Lewis, A. 2015. Iron Age and Roman-Era Vehicle Terrets from Western and Central Britain: An Interpretative Study. PhD Thesis. University of Leicester. Available at <>

Class: terret
Sub class: lipped

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Exactly AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52.9 mm
Thickness: 10.5 mm
Weight: 27.7 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: DERBY E8626

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Derbyshire (County)
District: South Derbyshire (District)
Parish or ward: Foston and Scropton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK2030
Four figure Latitude: 52.86711226
Four figure longitude: -1.70434695
1:25K map: SK2030
1:10K map: SK23SW
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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DENO
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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