OXON-F6C9D0: Iron Age ring: Decorated ring

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Unique ID: OXON-F6C9D0

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A cast copper alloy ring of probable Iron Age or Early Roman date, c. BC 800- AD 50. There is some debate as to the function of these decorated rings, in that some have been described as personal ornaments associated with articles of dress whilst others have described them as being associated with harness or strap fittings. The ring is complete and is circular in plan and sub-oval (lentoid) in cross section.Both sides of the ring is decorated with recessed dots, probably cast rather than punched; 26 on one side and c. 31 on the other. There is no other decoration. The ring measures 23.3mm (external diameter), 13.4mm internal diameter, 4.2mm thick and weighs 7.4 grams.

A number of Bronze rings, a couple with decoration on their edges, were found during the excavations at Flag Fen, Peterborough and dated to the later Bronze Age or Early Iron Age (Cat. No. Fig 10.10 252-253 pages 277-280). A clear function for these rings is not suggested as they could be utilitarian, functional or decorative. However the ring can be compared to an extremely similar copper alloy ring, No. 143, excavated at Camerton, identified as a possible harness pendant or strap terminal (Jackson 1990: 48 & plt. 14). Although with a circumferential ridge (undecorated) this object is remarkably similar in both its form and decoration. That example is dated to the mid-1st century BC to AD. Compare also the very similar DEV-C11AF3, as well as NMGW-B498D6 and SUSS-F2DF27, for which a much broader date range is suggested. Although their use remains uncertain, smaller examples, which are broadly similar, are recorded on this database as beads, cf. SUR-14AA83, BH-431B44.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 1000 BC
Date to: Circa AD 50

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Weight: 7.4 g
Diameter: 23.3 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2018.536

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Stanton Harcourt (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP4206
Four figure Latitude: 51.75112654
Four figure longitude: -1.39299055
1:25K map: SP4206
1:10K map: SP40NW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
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: OXON
Created: 2 months ago
Updated: About one month ago

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