DEV-959EA4: Iron Age vessel mount

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Unique ID: DEV-959EA4

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An incomplete cast copper alloy vessel mount of Late Iron Age- Roman date (c. 100 BC to AD 100).

The object is pentagonal in shape, formed of two plates of 5 rectilinear sides, joined together by a U-shaped connecting surface which is flattened. The two pentagonal sides extend beyond the thickness of the connecting surface, and this has been emphasised on the underside by two incised lines tracing the point at which these two sides join the central surface, demonstrating how they thicken at the nadir of the shape before narrowing again. The pentagonal area has a central hole measuring 6.5mm across. At the highest point of the pentagon, towards the rear of the surface is an integral triangular lug projecting horizontally from the upper edge. There are two further holes on either side of the lug, in the two upper sides of the pentagon. These are less well executed than the central hole, with somewhat unclear larger shapes, and measure 6.5mm and 5mm in diameter respectively.

While other vessel mounts from the period take the form of bovine heads or circular and triangular shapes, NMS-181C38 appears to be a possible similar example.

It is 23mm in length and 12.2mm wide. The plates are 4.5mm thick, and the lug is 3.7mm thick. It weighs 9.9g.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 23 mm
Width: 12.2 mm
Weight: 9.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 8th October 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Lucy Shipley
Identified by: Dr Lucy Shipley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 018254

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: East Devon (District)
Parish or ward: Bicton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SY0585
Four figure Latitude: 50.65690269
Four figure longitude: -3.34532221
1:25K map: SY0585
1:10K map: SY05NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: DEV
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Updated: About one month ago

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