SOM-0B5483: Roman plate brooch

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Unique ID: SOM-0B5483

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A Roman copper alloy cruciform, enamelled early plate brooch, probably dating to c. AD 44-100. The brooch comprises of a symmetrical plate with four concave sides, in the form of a bow-armed cross, with a circular lug expanding from the centre of each side, each with a central, circular recessed field. A similar, albiet smaller, lug forms the terminal of one arm, the other terminals lost to worn breaks. A raised border around the perimeter of the plate defines a recessed cell of the same shape, containing a central circular border. This in turn defines a central recessed circular cell and is divided into two bands by a thin incised line. All cells retain traces of a cement, now discoloured yellow, but with any enamel or glass inlays lost. Two highligh abraded lugs expand from the reverse from behind one arm, to accomodate a hinged pin, with a similarly abraded and incomplete catchplate expanding from the reverse of the opposing arm.

Dimensions: length: 32.9mm; width 28.6mm; thickness 4.7mm; weight 6.20g.

Bayley & Butcher (2004: 121, nos. 342-345) illustrate similar brooches recovered from the Richborough collection, they describe how the type has a wide distribution across the continent, and can be dated to the Claudian and Flavian periods (ibid: 154).

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: Plate brooch
Sub class: Hull T225

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 44
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.9 mm
Width: 28.6 mm
Thickness: 4.7 mm
Weight: 6.2 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019854

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
Parish or ward: Long Load (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST4522
Four figure Latitude: 50.99475377
Four figure longitude: -2.785083
1:25K map: ST4522
1:10K map: ST42SE
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: 8 months ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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