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SOM-4293B9: Roman bracelet

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Unique ID: SOM-4293B9

Object type certainty: Certain
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An fragment of a Roman copper alloy bracelet dating to c.AD 320 to 450.

The bracelet is formed of a strip of copper alloy that is sub-rectangular in cross section. Both ends taper to a rounded point formed from an old break. The bracelet is decorated with sub rectangular protrusions at intervals of 5.8mm. Between each protrusion are 3-4 small incised lines, producing a bead-like pattern. The reverse is undecorated, as this would have faced the arm.

Assuming that the bracelet had a regular diameter, it is possible to estimate a diameter of c.60mm and that c.35% of its circumference survived.. At its thickest, the bracelet is 3.1mm, and its width measures to 1.04 mm. The fragment weighs 0.95 grams.

A bracelet with a similar decoration was excavated in Colchester and it is classified with her "Bead-imitative" group of bracelets. Cf.Crummy 1983, p. 44, no. 11721 dating to c AD 320-450. Other parallels can be found in Swift 2000, p 128 and p.136. The database has other records of similar finds such as WILT-9A4129 and HAMP-053D76

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 320
Date to: Circa AD 450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 1.04 mm
Thickness: 3.1 mm
Weight: 0.95 g
Diameter: 60 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th January 2019 - Saturday 6th April 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC Receipt 018457

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Grafton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU2761
Four figure Latitude: 51.34744416
Four figure longitude: -1.61371264
1:25K map: SU2761
1:10K map: SU26SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Crummy, N. 1983 Colchester Archaeological Report 2: The Roman small finds from excavations in Colchester, 1971-9 Colchester Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd
Swift, E. 2003 Roman Dress Accessories Princes Risborough Shire Publications Limited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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