CORN-F1B3C2: Colchester derivative brooch (plan)

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Unique ID: CORN-F1B3C2

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An incomplete cast copper-alloy Roman hinged Colchester-derivative brooch. The flat-headed bow is sub-triangular in plan and crescentic in section, with a hollow back; it is 11 mm wide at its head, tapering to 5.5 mm at its broken end before it extends to the foot. The head is decorated by a transverse groove 3.5 mm from the edge of the hinge cavity between the two wings. The wings are 6 mm in diameter and are strengthened by a central iron rod which is visible at the two broken ends where both terminals are missing. The more complete wing is decorated with three pairs of parallel, incised transverse grooves which would have originally been around the circumference of the wing but are now worn away; only one pair is visible on the more damaged wing. The bow is decorated with a broad moulding that is 10 mm wide at the head and tapers to 6 mm wide at the broken edge and is defined by a grooved border on either side which follows the edge of the bow. The remains of the iron hinge and beneath it a fragment of the pin survive in the hollow back of the bow, but the rest of the pin, catchplate and foot are all missing.

Bayley and Butcher (2004) illustrate a similar Colchester-derivative brooch, with a flattened head and central raised moulding on the bow and incised wings on page 158, fig.127, no.T94B, which is dated from the 1st century AD.

Butcher (2016) illustrates a Colchester-derivative brooch with similarly incised wings and a flattened and grooved head from Nornour, Isles of Scilly on page 5, fig.4, no.50, dating from the 1st century AD. A similar incomplete Colchester-derivative brooch from Maker-with-Rame, Cornwall is recorded in CORN-6F9D68.

Class: Colchester-derivative

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 50
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21.5 mm
Height: 11.5 mm
Width: 34.5 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Weight: 13.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 25th August 2018 - Saturday 25th August 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Illogan (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW6442
Four figure Latitude: 50.2307903
Four figure longitude: -5.31045616
1:25K map: SW6442
1:10K map: SW62SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 14 days ago

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