DOR-A3E186: Roman plate brooch fragment.

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Unique ID: DOR-A3E186

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fragment of a gilded, copper alloy plate brooch of the centre boss type. Over half of the plate and all of the glass boss are missing. The plate was oval in shape with a raised rim around an oval recess to house the missing glass boss. The part of the plate framing the recess is decorated with two concentric grooves with a ridge between them and at the edge. These are gilded and decorated with stamped S-shapes on the outer band and stamped double annulets in the inner band. The rear of the plate is flat and undecorated. At one end it retains the stub of a single pierced lug for the attachment of a missing sprung pin.
Date: Roman - c. AD 250 - 400
Dimensions: 22.47 mm x 21.68 mm x 6.71 mm
Weight: 2.78 g

Bayley and Butcher (2004, 177-178) suggest this type (T271) date to the later third or fourth centuries with the glass insets typically having a conical top.
Reference: North Vol 2, No.1988

Class: Plate brooch
Sub class: Glass centre boss

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 250
Date to: Circa AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.47 mm
Width: 21.68 mm
Thickness: 6.71 mm
Weight: 2.78 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Identified by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCMS 017585

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Tarrant Hinton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9311
Four figure Latitude: 50.89843398
Four figure longitude: -2.10090885
1:25K map: ST9311
1:10K map: ST91SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: DOR
Created: About one month ago
Updated: About one month ago

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