NLM-55C37D: Roman Strap Fitting

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Unique ID: NLM-55C37D

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy strap fitting. Cast openwork fitting of plano-convex section with a pair of integrally cast discoid-ended fixing pins projecting from its flat back. On its display side, it comprises a U-shaped figure with flared ends from which a pair of waisted trumpet-ended and addorsed continuations project; the appearance is of a figure-of-eight with top truncated. This is set above a stepped base, with an element of possibly annular form at right angles to the display plane, though, if so, three quarters of the ring or loop are lost. Extensive traces of white metal plating appear on the display side. The finder kindly cites SUR-278166 as a close parallel, which is a fitting of a form thought to be associated with Batavian auxillary cavalry serving in the Claudian invasion of the 1st century. As their best-known exploit during the invasion was the execution of a contested river crossing, of either the Medway or the Thames, the discovery of such a fitting on the southern bank of the Humber may shed light upon the Roman crossing of the river c.AD70. Suggested date: Early Roman, 43-70

Height: 46.9mm, Width: 23.9mm, Thickness (mount, clear of fixing pins): 6.2mm, Weight: 16.77gms

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 70

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 46.9 mm
Width: 23.9 mm
Thickness: 6.2 mm
Weight: 16.77 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 10th August 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM40038

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Roxby cum Risby

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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