IOW-7750CC: Roman: Globular-headed Pin

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Unique ID: IOW-7750CC

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An incomplete copper-alloy pin of probable Roman date (AD 43-410).

The lower part of the shaft is missing.

It has a plain globular (sub-spherical), almost bi-conical head and there is no collar. The shaft is circular in cross-section and has a uniform diameter throughout its length of c. 1.0mm. Close to the break there is a slight bend in the shaft.

This pin is green overall and the break is old.

Length: 16.7mm; diameter of head: 5.0mm; height of head: c. 4.1mm. Weight: 0.54g.

The Finds Recording Guide (Geake, 2001) suggests that pins without collars are more likely to be Roman than Early-Medieval, but they are difficult to tell apart.

Geake, H. 2001. Finds Recording Guide. Unpublished.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 43
Date to: Exactly AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16.7 mm
Weight: 0.54 g
Diameter: 5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 19th June 2018 - Tuesday 19th June 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-5-21

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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