SWYOR-465458: Iron Age Bead

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Unique ID: SWYOR-465458

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper alloy probable bead of later Iron Age date, about 100 BC - AD 50. It is annular, one side much narrower than the other. A moulded raised lip runs round the aperture on both faces. There is also a ridge along the centre of the outer face at the narrower side. This is decorated with transverse incised lines, indistinct owing to wear at the outer edge of the narrowest part of the hoop. On the expanded part of the ring, the ridge terminates with hollow, moulded ovoid shapes in relief, their backs opposing each other. Each pointed oval terminal is on a slightly flattened facet. There are some uneven holes in the inner face of the expanded part. These appear to be casting flaws rather than intentional. The roughly D shaped hole throuigh the bead has internal wear in one corner, making it more angular. The metal has a smooth dark grey patina, with some patches of rough green corrosion. The bead is 26.6mm long, 25.3mm wide and 13.8mm thick. The opening is 13.7mm by 10.8mm. 18g.

Though no example as highly decorated as this has been recorded on the PAS database, some parallels are LEIC-93B1F3, SUR-14AA83 and HESH-9752C8.

Dr Fraser Hunter (National Museum Scotland) suggested that the decoration is fascinating but odd for the Iron Age, but that it could be described as having teardop motifs. He adds that there are some late Iron Age / Roman-influenced finger ring with moulded motifs with some similarities, but a close parallel has not been identified.

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 50

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26.6 mm
Width: 25.3 mm
Thickness: 13.8 mm
Weight: 18 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2010 - Friday 31st December 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 3105

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
District: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Norton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5214
Four figure Latitude: 53.61996801
Four figure longitude: -1.21533961
1:25K map: SE5214
1:10K map: SE51SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 8 days ago

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