HESH-49B854: Open bracelet probably dating to either the Roman period or the late medieval / post-medieval periods (100-450 or 1450-1650 AD).

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Unique ID: HESH-49B854

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Cast and wrought copper alloy open bracelet probably dating to either the Roman period or the late medieval / post-medieval periods (100-450 or 1450-1650 AD). The bracelet is formed from three lengths of oval sectioned copper alloy wire twisted together to form one ‘rope like’ length. The diameter of the individual wires is 2.1mm width x 1.8mm thickness. The two terminals of the bracelet are formed by joining the three ends of the wire together. The terminals are sub-rectangular and taper to rounded points. The bracelet is sub-oval in plan and measures 76.2mm length and 60.4mm width and is 2.6mm thick. The internal diameter is 71.6mm x 55.4mm. It weighs 12.96 grams.

Apart from the twisted decoration the bracelet is plain with no incised or cast designs. It seems that one of the three twisted wires has been tinned or silvered. This applied surface occurs only on one of the strands band seems to be a deliberate decorative element. This coating only survives in patches; much of it has been lost either through abrasion or corrosion. The bracelet is a mid dark green brown colour with an even (but abraded) patina that covers all surfaces. The abrasion and movement in the soil have resulted in the bracelet becoming slightly misshapen. There are also small patches of active light green corrosion present. A similar bracelet / armlet formed from three strands of copper alloy wire is illustrated in Nina Crummy’s ‘Roman small finds from excavations in Colchester’ pp38-39 fig: 1628. However, this example has hooked terminals rather than plain hammered ones. In the reference material available I have found no parallels for the two tone effect described above, hence the wide date bracket of either Roman or Later Medieval.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 100
Date to: AD 450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 76.2 mm
Width: 60.4 mm
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Weight: 12.96 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 20th April 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Ross-on-Wye (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO5923
Four figure Latitude: 51.90402159
Four figure longitude: -2.59734585
1:25K map: SO5923
1:10K map: SO52SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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