DEV-737783: Roman copper alloy winged terret.

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Unique ID: DEV-737783

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An incomplete Roman copper alloy terret probably dating to c. AD 50-200. One of Lewis' (2015) later forms, with triple projections, probably comprising of three sets of transverse wings. The surviving portion of the terret comprises of roughly 33% of the ring. Originally D-shaped in plan, the attachment bar has been lost to an old break below the terminal, a second break, also old, is situated at the apex of the ring, at the juncture of a pair of wings with one of these now lost. The ring is sub-circular in cross section, terminating in an unelaborated collar, the surviving wings project externally, and are ovoid in cross section. Four recessed triangular cells are situated along the ring between the wings, these are arranged symetrically into two opposing pairs when viewed from above and retain traces of a red enamel inlay. The inside face of each surving wing also features a recessed pellet shaped cell with further red enamel inlay.

Dimensions: Height 60.2mm; width 35.9mm; thickness 16.3mm; 53.95g.

Lewis (2015: 79, fig. 4.1vii) illustrates a terret of this form, and suggests that terrets with three sets of transverse wings date from the mid-1st to second centuries. According to Lewis' distribution maps, this may be the west-most find of a terret with triple projections, although there is a known concentration in nearby Somerset (ibid: 163).

Find of note status

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

Class: Terret
Sub class: Lewis 2015 Later-form; Terret with triple projections; winged (transverse wings)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 60.2 mm
Width: 35.9 mm
Thickness: 16.3 mm
Weight: 53.95 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019868

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: Mid Devon (District)
Parish or ward: Cullompton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST0108
Four figure Latitude: 50.86300346
Four figure longitude: -3.40808583
1:25K map: ST0108
1:10K map: ST00NW
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: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
Created: 3 months ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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