WILT-F48B20: Roman enameled seal box lid

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Unique ID: WILT-F48B20

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An incomplete Roman copper alloy seal box, comprising of the lid, probably dating to c. AD 100-300. the lid is rectangular, with a down-turned lip around its edge, this is incomplete, but a sub-rectangualr notch is present at the centre of either long edge. The face of the lid is decorated with champleve enamel, with a large recessed field containing a reserved outer border with serrated outer edge, containing a reserved central pellet within an annulet, surrounded by four elipses alternating with four smaller annulets, the latter being on the horizontal and vertical axes. The recessed areas all show traces of an enamel inlay, with a pale blue enamel surviving in one of the elipical cells.

Dimensions: length 22.4mm; width 25.6mm; thickness 5.3mm; weight 8.23g.

Crummy (1983: 103) no. 2522 publishes an elaborately decorated 2nd century example, classifying square boxes as her type 3.

Class: Crummy 1983, type 3

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.4 mm
Width: 25.6 mm
Thickness: 5.3 mm
Weight: 8.23 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 5369

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU1457
Four figure Latitude: 51.3119438
Four figure longitude: -1.80052457
1:25K map: SU1457
1:10K map: SU15NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the 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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Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 2 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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