SOM-384980: Roman initial T-shaped brooch

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Unique ID: SOM-384980

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A Roman copper alloy hinged initial T-shaped brooch, probably dating to c. AD 50-100. The brooch is complete apart from the pin but bent and distorted. At the head of the bow is a cylindrical wing casing, now 27.9mm wide, due to damage the right half of the wing case is angled downwards. There is a central slot through the head to allow for a hinged pin, now missing, but the copper alloy axis bar remains in situ across the slot. The wings are undecorated apart from a group of three incised lines at each outer end.

The bow expands below the wing casing, and has similarly been bent out of line. It has a shallow D-shaped cross section. The upper part of the bow is flanked by thinner borders to each side and has a central ridge with regularly spaced incised cross lines flanked by grooves separating the centre from the borders. The borders end about a third of the way down the bow and in continues to taper evenly to the plain pointed foot. The solid catchplate is incomplete with a curved upper edge, angled lower and outer edge that was bent over to make the catch, now damaged..

Length: 45.6mm, Weight: 5.65g.

The form and decoration of this brooch appears to be fairly typical of "initial" T-shaped brooches (Bayley & Butcher 2004: 158, esp. no 133), a group concentrated in the South West and which appear to have a Flavian era date range (ibid: 159).

Class: Initial T-shaped

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 45.6 mm
Width: 27.9 mm
Weight: 5.65 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Charleton Horethorne CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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