LANCUM-41D3B6: Dragonesque Brooch

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Unique ID: LANCUM-41D3B6

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An incomplete, copper alloy enamelled Dragonesque brooch dating from late 1st or 2nd century AD.

The brooch survives almost complete with only one of the terminal heads missing. The pin is still in place, bent around the body of the brooch. Although most of the enamel is missing, it is in excellent condition. The surface is dark brown and shiny and smooth to the touch. The brooch was S-shaped with both sides terminating in a small head with ear, eye and a curled up snout or nose. The body was cast with eleven integral cells which were filled with enamel, probably alternating blue and red, as often found on Dragonesque brooches. The eye was also filled with blue enamel and probably had a ring of red enamel around it; the enamel in the nose is too worn to discern the colours, but they too would have probably been red and blue. The design on the body is geometric/curvilinear, with a central diamond filled with blue, surrounded by four red triangles.

Similar brooches are illustrated in Mackreth, 2011, Brooches in Late Iron Age and Roman Britain, volume 2, plate 129.

Parallels are recorded under SWYOR-279501, SF5191, NLM-7F7AA1, YORYM-88C455 and LANCUM-6E1D53.

Class: Dragonesque

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 75
Date to: Circa AD 175

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43 mm
Width: 24 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 12.72 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 9th February 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Dot Boughton
Identified by: Dr Dot Boughton

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Enamel
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Curvilinear
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Lancaster (District)
To be known as: Carnforth

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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Recording Institution: LANCUM
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