WAW-5E4555: Roman brooch: possible Polden Hill variant (profile, plan and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-5E4555

Object type certainty: Certain
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Roman brooch of Polden Hill variant: The copper alloy brooch has semi-cylindrical wings with perforated wing caps which support the copper alloy axis bar. Around the axis bar the spring is coiled twelve times with a chord across the top. The pin is missing.

The wings are decorated with three vertical ribs on each, with a circular cell. One cell is filled with a dark blue glass fitting which is decorated with a white, central, glass pellet. At the bow head there is an integral perforated lug which supports the chord. The bow head isn't hump-like as normally seen on Polden Hill brooches. The bow leads from the head and is sub-oval in section. The upper portion of the bow is decorated with two ridges on a long rectangular platform with rounded corners. Beneath this platform the bow expands in width and has a large oval cell with a miniature wing on each side. The miniature wing is a short circular stem terminating with a circular disc. Below this cell the brooch is broken, and not recently.

The surface of the brooch has an incomplete brown-green patina with some abrasion. Also there are traces of a blue coloured corrosion.

It measures 37.08mm in length, 32.85mm in width, and weighs 18.9g.

The brooch is a Polden Hill variant, and at the time of writing a comparison cannot be found. Dating to AD c. 50 to 400.

Class: Polden Hill

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.08 mm
Width: 32.85 mm
Weight: 18.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 23rd May 2017 - Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Finders reference: DF RH 76

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Stratford-on-Avon (District)
Parish or ward: Chadshunt (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP3451
Four figure Latitude: 52.156237
Four figure longitude: -1.50443546
1:25K map: SP3451
1:10K map: SP35SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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