WILT-80706D: Possible Roman razor or knife

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Unique ID: WILT-80706D

Object type certainty: Probably
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A probable knife, razor or other cosmetic item of probable Late iron Age or Roman date, c. 100 BC - AD 410. The object consists of a sub-circular sectioned loop of copper alloy; originating in a collared terminal, the object then curves around to meet, but is not cast integrally with this temrinal, closing the loop. This portion of the loop expands outwards into a sub-rectangular projection with a simple pad-like terminal, with an incised transverse band along the top of the inside edge. The reverse of this projection (the lateral edge opposite to the projection of the terminal) features a deep longitudinal groove, containing substantial iron corrosion. A series of parallel transverse incised lines run along this groove, with it bordered on one broad face by a single longitudinal incised line. The remains of two separately made copper alloy rivets survive in situ. On the lateral edge of the loop in line with the iron filled-groove runs a shallow incised groove, this progresses around the outside of the loop eventually bifurcating to define a shallow rib which is continuous with the projection.

Dimensions: length 41.3mm; width 24.8mm; thickness 7.0mm; weight 12.47g.

No exact parallel for this object has been ideintified, however the patina and the overwhelming amount of Roman material found in the vicitinity would suggest a Roman, or possibly a late Iron age, date. In its form the object appears comparable to contemporary cosmetic mortars, whilst composite folding knives with iron blades are known in a variety of forms from the Roman period, although the presence of a second rivet suggests the blade could not pivot.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

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 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 41.3 mm
Width: 24.8 mm
Thickness: 7 mm
Weight: 12.47 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 5341

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Test Valley (District)
To be known as: Near Broughton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
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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Created: 5 months ago
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