PUBLIC-BE00C7: Roman Rosette fibula brooch

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-BE00C7

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An incomplete, cast, copper alloy, Roman Rosette brooch of the first century AD. The remains consist of the empty spring box, the bow arch and most of the oval bow plate below the arch that extends from the spring box to the tail of the bow, of which only a small stump remains. The plate is decorated with concentric circular ribs, and the arch has a worn decorative longitudinal ridge. The brooch has a pitted surface and olive patina, in some areas there is active corrosion which has exposed the red-brown metal. Recesses on the upper surface and much of the lower surface of the plate is coated with a smooth black material which is probably the remains of oil used to polish the brooch.

The remaining part of this artefact is 34.7mm long, 19.3mm wide and 16.4mm high. It weighs 10.4g.

A more complete example can be seen from Eyke, Suffolk (SF-1CCA85) who note that the type is paralelled:

For a similar example see Mackreth (2011, Vol. II, Plate 16, p. 19, no. 5822). It can be assigned to the Hurstbourne Tarrant Type (Mackreth 2011, Vol I, p. 28, no. 3) dating to c.AD 30-60.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Rosette

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 30
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.7 mm
Height: 16.4 mm
Width: 19.3 mm
Weight: 10.4 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Patrick Brown
Identified by: Dr Patrick Brown
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Ross-on-Wye

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: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

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

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