DENO-7D19C5: Roman Rosette Brooch

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Unique ID: DENO-7D19C5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete copper alloy Late Iron Age or early Roman rosette brooch. The object consists of winged head, a disc plate with projecting stud and a fantail. The winged head is decorated with small grooved lines which radiate from the edge of the plate. The disc plate is decorated with two concentric circular borders and a separate broken stud and attached spokes. The spokes are broken but enough remain to determine that they would have created a sunflower like design. The finder has attached the stud to the plate with blu-tac. The fantail decoration mimics the grooved lines running from the plate up into the winged head. It consists of three central lines running the length of the fantail. The three central lines are flanked by two outer lines on the left and the right. A damaged catchplate sits on the reverse of the fantail spanning its length. The catchplate is perforated halfway along. The whole object shows a green patina and is corroding,

The brooch is very similar in form to Mackreth 2011, Vol II, pl. 18, no. 6025. Mackreth notes that this is subdivision 8b of the Rosette type, which range from c. AD 25-65. The distribution is focussed on the south-east but with examples in the east midlands. A similar example on the PAS database is SF-A47472.

Weight: 7.74g; Overall length: 44.3mm; Winged head width: 25.7mm; Winged head thickness: 5.7mm; Catchplate & fantail thickness: 6.7mm; Fantail width: 15.2mm; Disc plate width: 20mm; Fantail length: 16.4mm; Disc plate length: 16.7mm; Winged head length: 9mm.

Class: Rosette
Sub class: Mackreth 2011, Chapter 2, Part 2, Group 3, Group 8.b.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 25
Date to: Circa AD 65

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 44.3 mm
Width: 25.7 mm
Thickness: 6.7 mm
Weight: 7.74 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 15th April 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Phil Hughes
Identified by: Mr Phil Hughes
Secondary identifier: Ms Sally Worrell

Other reference numbers

Other reference: DERBY E8696

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: South Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Ditchingham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM3490
Four figure Latitude: 52.45778299
Four figure longitude: 1.44280915
1:25K map: TM3490
1:10K map: TM39SW
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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Recording Institution: DENO
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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