SF-D6C53E: Roman brooch of proto-headstud type

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Unique ID: SF-D6C53E

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An incomplete cast copper-alloy bow brooch of proto-headstud type, dating c. 75-150 AD. It demonstrates a circular-sectioned tubular winged head with an internal axis bar and pin-slot at the midpoint of its reverse face, the remnants of the pin still surviving in-situ. The front faces of each wing are decorated with double widened transverse grooves in addition to white-metal coating. The bow demonstrates the broken remains of a headloop at its apex is somewhat straight in profile, composed of two main sections divided by a central transverse moulding flanked above and below by deep transverse grooves. The upper section is rectangular in section and demonstrates three rows of two small sub-rectangular cells, one retaining the remains of blue enamel, while the lower is plain and 'D' shaped in section- tapering to a decorative double transverse moulding at its foot. From the rear of the latter, the remains of the catchplate project. Preserved in good condition with an even green patina, it measures 40.67mm in length, 20.88mm wide at its head, 3.91mm thick at the midpoint of the bow and weighs 5.85g.

Parallels for this brooch can be found in Mackreth (2011) vol. II, pl/. 70-71.

Class: proto-headstud

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 75
Date to: Circa AD 150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.67 mm
Width: 20.88 mm
Thickness: 3.91 mm
Weight: 5.85 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 17th May 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: West Stow

Spatial coordinates

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

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