DEV-136FFC: Iron Age to Roman Copper alloy Ferrule

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Unique ID: DEV-136FFC

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A Copper alloy ferrule of uncertain date, probably dating to the Later Iron Age or Early Roman Periods, c. 200 BC - AD 200. The ferrule consists of a roughly parallel sided strip of copper alloy, curved around into a ring with overlapping ends, both of which are perforated and held together by a separate copper alloy rivet. The object has a grey-green surface patina, with blue-green corrosion where this has been abraded away.

Dimensions: external diameter: 23.0mm; thickness of strip 1.4mm; width 8.9mm; weight 5.78g.

It is difficult to parallel such an undiagnostic piece, and whilst not strickly reliable, the patina would suggest a Late Iron Age or Roman date.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 8.9 mm
Thickness: 1.4 mm
Diameter: 23 mm

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019982

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS9522
Four figure Latitude: 50.98779381
Four figure longitude: -3.49734725
1:25K map: SS9522
1:10K map: SS92SE
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: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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