WMID-7EA29B: Roman: Anthropomorphic probable Steelyard weight

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Unique ID: WMID-7EA29B

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete copper alloy anthromorphic probable steelyard weight of the Roman period, dating from c. AD 43 - c. AD 410.

The object is in the shape of a human head, probably representing a Classical deity. At the top of the object is the remains of a suspension loop with a circular perforation. The loop is set at a right angle to the head, and has been broken, presumed in antiquity. The figure appears to be male, the short straight hair is depicted as vertical, evenly spaced grooves, is straight at the back of the head and protrudes from the back of the neck. The hair has a centre parting forming a triangle over the face. The face is lozenge (diamond) shaped with frowning eyebrows and oval grooves depicting eyes, the nose is depicted as a trapezoidal ridge. The mouth is a straight, horizontal groove. The chin and jaw protrudes from the neck. The neck tapers out towards a circumferential groove just above a flat horizontal base with bevelled edges.

The object measures 28.0 mm in length, and is 16.8 mm wide. It has a thickness of 17.5 mm and weighs 32.9 g (1.16 oz).

The object is a mid green in colour with an uneven patina. Abrasion caused by movment whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail.

Two anthromorphic steelyard weights, slightly different in style and representing Minerva and possibly Diana, were excavated at South Shields (Allanson-Jones and Miket 1984, no.3.472 & 3.473). Minerva is commonly represented to the extent that these are often referred to as 'Minerva weights'. Other similar, but not identical, weights have been recorded on the PAS including SF-FA1DF5, BH-E3C922, BERK-34F754, NARC-7A7B81 and BERK-6DA102.

Find of note status

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

Class: anthropmorphic
Sub class: Roman deity

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28 mm
Width: 16.8 mm
Thickness: 17.5 mm
Weight: 32.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st July 2011 - Sunday 31st July 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Helen Glenn
Identified by: Miss Helen Glenn

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Figurative
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Kinnerley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ3521
Four figure Latitude: 52.78264748
Four figure longitude: -2.96514511
1:25K map: SJ3521
1:10K map: SJ32SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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