WAW-77500D: Roman umbonate plate brooch (plan and reverse).

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BROOCH

Unique ID: WAW-77500D

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Roman (100 - 250 AD) umbonate plate brooch: The brooch is sub circular in plan as portions of the edge is missing. The body of the brooch is a shallow conical with a rim around the outer edge. The rim has a wide groove and a fine ridge on the outer edge. The conical has a circular cell at the apex and has two rows of triangular cells radiating from the apex. The cells are mainly unfilled, but some have traces of a dark blue enamel. On opposite edges there are two integral knops as decoration, these are equi-distance from the catcplate and hinge.

The reverse is hollow and on one edge there is an incomplete catchplate. On the opposite edge there are two perforated lugs with an axis bar between. The axis bar has a hinged pin which is incomplete.

The brooch has a well-developed green coloured patina but the surface is also corroded and encrusted.

It measures 35.12mm in length, 29.23mm wide and 11.29mm thick. It weighs 7.65g.

Umbonate brooches of this type are frequently encountered finds on military and civilian sites throughout Britain (Bayley and Butcher: p. 173). Hattatt (2000) dates one from Owmby, Lincolnshire (p. 350, fig 209, #128) to the 2nd Century. Another similar example on the PAS database is WAW-0FB717 and WAW-C7E307.

Bayley, J. & Butcher, S. 2004 Roman Brooches in Britain: A technological and Typological Study Based on the Richborough Collection Society of Antiquaries

Hattatt, R. (2000) A Visual Catalogue of Richard Hattatt's Ancient Brooches. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Class: Plate
Sub class: Umbonate

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 250

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.12 mm
Width: 29.23 mm
Thickness: 11.29 mm
Weight: 7.65 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2018 - Wednesday 7th March 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Wychavon (District)
Parish or ward: Childswickham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP0738
Four figure Latitude: 52.04035704
Four figure longitude: -1.89935746
1:25K map: SP0738
1:10K map: SP03NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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