PUBLIC-A805E3: Late Iron Age or Roman copper alloy terret ring

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-A805E3

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete copper-alloy strap-mounted terret ring of Late Iron Age to Early Roman date. Lewis' Type 19 Dropped-Bar Form. The terret comprises a main ovate ring with 2 stubs, where the secondary ovate or rectangular loop would have been attached. The main ring is bottom-heavy displaying wear to the upper edge.

The metal has a brown and mid-green patina and is worn. The terret is 37 mm long x 37 mm wide x 9 mm thick and weighs 28.85 g.

Terret rings were used as rein guides on chariots or carts used during the Late Iron Age to Early Roman period. They were set in a line along the yoke and five terrets were usually used per chariot. This suggested function is supported by evidence of wear or fractures on many examples. The Stanwick / Melsonby hoard included a complete set of such horse trappings.

Based on depositional contexts of excavated examples Lewis (2015, p.114) concludes that such terrets are current in Britain from the mid-first century AD to the late first century AD. While they are relatively common finds there is no known evidence for their manufacture in Britain. It is possible though that such objects were made in Britain rather than imported (2015, p.112).

Class: terret
Sub class: strap-mounted , Lewis' Type 19

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37 mm
Width: 37 mm
Thickness: 9 mm
Weight: 28.85 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Bob Garlant
Identified by: Mr Bob Garlant

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
Parish or ward: Osbournby (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF0638
Four figure Latitude: 52.92895342
Four figure longitude: -0.42453833
1:25K map: TF0638
1:10K map: TF03NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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