WMID-791C77: Middle to Late Iron Age: Incomplete Pin head

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Unique ID: WMID-791C77

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper alloy Cruciform headed pin of Middle Iron Age dating (350 BC to 150 BC).

The pin head is comprised of four ovate mouldings positioned at the cardinal points round a fifth similar central lobe. The five knops are all taller than they are wide. The knops may have originally held a coral inlay. A waisted shaft descends from the underside of the lobed head. At its base is a bead moulding flanked by a collar above and below. The shaft continues below the moulding and bends sharply twice at right angles. A strut joins the lower shaft to the side of the bead moulding forming a loop. The shaft continues in a curve but then is broken. The break is well patinated. It is sub-circular in section. In use, the head of the pin would probably have pointed forwards at a right angle to the majority of the shaft.

The pin head is 30.2mm long, 26.6 mm wide and 12.6 mm thick. The bead is 11.1 mm diameter. The shaft is 4.1 mm diameter at the break. It weighs 10.2 g.

The metal has a patchy light green and grey patina.

A similar pin head has been recorded on the PAS database as SWYOR-37CFEA and has been dated from the Middle to Late Iron Age, 800 BC to 100 AD. The pin head is also similar in style to Middle Iron Age brooches such as WILT-D73D25. Dr Sophia Adams has confirmed that this is a Cruciform headed pin and is almost identical to an example from Ludford, Lincolnshire, currently part of the British Museum collection, accession number BM1998,0602.1.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: cruciform headed

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 350 BC
Date to: Circa 150 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.2 mm
Width: 26.6 mm
Thickness: 12.6 mm
Weight: 10.2 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Miss Sophia Adams

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
Parish or ward: Stonnall (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK0703
Four figure Latitude: 52.62471807
Four figure longitude: -1.89802587
1:25K map: SK0703
1:10K map: SK00SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Updated: 6 days ago

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