ESS-AC1646: Copper-alloy Iron Age strap fitting

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Unique ID: ESS-AC1646

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Copper-alloy harness or strap fitting, dating from the late Iron Age to early Romano-British period, c. 100 BC - AD 100.

The fitting is in the form of a strap slider, and has a raised bar attached to the back with a rectangular void through which the strop would pass.

The artefact is circular in shape and rectangular in cross section. It has openwork design as well as engraved relief work which defines two circles with a mirrored Celtic motif in each.

The openwork is in the form of two teardrop shaped voids. These voids do not meet at their points; instead there is a thin band of plate remaining at the centre of the circular fitting. At either side of this band, there is an inset circular design with some raised areas. It is likely that these inset areas once contained coloured enamel.

The circular designs are identical and feature curving linear shapes with two smaller incised circles toward the centre.

The surface is fairly abraded with a dark green to brown patina. Some areas also show evidence of iron staining, like the attachment points on the bar at the back.

Dimensions: weight: 23.5g, diameter: 39.0mm thickness (with bar): 8.7mm (without bar): 3.2mm

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 8.7 mm
Weight: 23.5 g
Diameter: 39 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Sophie Flynn
Identified by: Ms Sophie Flynn

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Curvilinear
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Epping Forest (District)
Parish or ward: Abbess Beauchamp and Berners Roding (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL5611
Four figure Latitude: 51.77593212
Four figure longitude: 0.25977468
1:25K map: TL5611
1:10K map: TL51SE
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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Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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