SOM-0A772D: Late Iron Age to Roman bracelet

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Unique ID: SOM-0A772D

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A section of a Late Iron Age or Early Roman hinged object, probably a bracelet, one end complete with hinge, one end formed of an old break. The piece is a curved strip with a flat inner side and convex, moulded outer face. It narrows slightly towards the centre with concave curved sides. At the complete end is part of a mortice and tenon hinge. This end is square with a single central protrusion, trapezoid in plan, narrowing towards its outer side and oval in cross section. There is a hole drilled transversely through this protrusion filled with soil.

The front is decorated with moulded decoration. At the complete, hinged end is a raised line between two recessed lines. The raisde line is decorated with regular spaced incised transverse lines dividing it into a row of squares. The rest of the length has a narrow flat border to each side. The central panel is decorated with a raised strip in the middle formed of two raised lozenge shapes joined by a narrow strip formed of extensions of their upper and lower points. These upper and lower corners have concave curved edges and are decorated with lines of indented dots with parallel the edges becoming closely spaced incised transverse lines across the joining strip Flanking the joining strip, running from the wide point of the upper lozenge to the wide point of the lower are raised pointed oval expansions with convex curved tops (lobes). The piece is broken across th second lozenge and , by parallel to other examples there were probably originally three with the design on this piece mirrored below. The break is old and patinated.

The piece is 45.3mm long, 17.7mm wide, it is 3.5mm thick and weighs 13.98g.

This piece is an example of a relatively rare and possibly unpublished group of hinged bracelets found mostly in the South Westerly part of Britain and possibly paralleling hinged torcs of the 'Wraxall' type (Nowakowski et al 2009) found in the same area in the Late Iron Age and Early Roman period. A very similar example SOM-D6C279 was found in North Petherton, Somerset and a full discussion of parallels and dating is included in that record. It is notable that both these examples, as well as beng almost identical in decoration have broken at the same point.


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Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 1
Date to: Circa AD 125

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 45.3 mm
Width: 17.7 mm
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Weight: 13.98 g

Rally details.

This object was found at Westbury-sub-Mendip Sep 2016

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Mendip (District)
Parish or ward: Westbury (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST5148
Four figure Latitude: 51.22907326
Four figure longitude: -2.70313487
1:25K map: ST5148
1:10K map: ST54NW
Grid reference source: Recorded at a rally
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Disturbed

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 9 days ago
Updated: 9 days ago

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