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Record ID: OXON-5457BD
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete copper alloy Roman hair or dress pin dating from the 1st or 2nd centuries AD. The pin has a cylindrical head with a collar top and bottom. The pin head is decorated with multiple incised or moulded diagonal lines in opposing directions, creating a raised honeycomb effect. On the flat of the top of the head is an incised 'X', set off-centre. The complete shank of the pin is circular in section and tapers to a point form the centre of the head's lower collar. The pin is in very good condition with a lovely blue-green patina. The condition suggests it has not been in the plough…
Created on: Monday 3rd December 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-556A29
Object type: PIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy hair, dress or hat pin of probable post-medieval date (c.1500-1800). The hollow, spherical head is of two-part hemispherical construction (notable in the post-medieval period) with a max.diameter of 9.3mm and a height of 7.3mm. The shank has a diameter of 2.7mm below the head, narrowing to 2.4mm roughly halfway along where there is a slight bend. Below the shank thickens a little to 3.0mm before narrowing to a sharp tip. It measures 71.6mm in complete length and weighs 3.89g.
Created on: Wednesday 21st November 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 4th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Crowmarsh', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BUC-406D7D
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Milton Keynes
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A complete copper alloy Roman hair pin, dating to c.1st to 2nd Century AD, group 6. The pin has a flat discoidal head, on the top there is an incised cross. the underneath curves into a narrow neck, this then widens out into a rounded triangular shape. The pin then narrows again, and is then flanked by two raised collars. Below this the shaft of the pin extends, there is a bend just below, with a crack in the centre of the shaft. The shaft gradually narrows to a blunt point. The pin has a mid green patina, and measures 103.1mm in length, 7.8mm in width, and weighs 6.43g. C.f. Cool 19…
Created on: Tuesday 20th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 23rd November 2018
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Record ID: WAW-EED4B5
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman (1st to 4th centuries) copper alloy pin: The pin head is an asymmetrical bi-conical which tapers towards the integral pin shaft. The shaft protrudes from the base of the pin head and only a fragment remains. The break is not recent. The pin has a well developed dark green patina. The pin measures 12.26mm long, 8.87mm diameter. It weighs 2.72g. The pin probably dates to the Roman period. It falls into the Cool typology Group 1, a knob head type. Cool, H. 1990 'Roman Metal Hair Pins From Southern Britain' Archaeological Journal Volume 147 pp. 148-182.
Created on: Friday 16th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 16th November 2018
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Record ID: BUC-9B2503
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Milton Keynes
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy hair pin of probable Roman date, c. AD 43-200 AD. The pin has a plain globular head with a flattened top and no collar underneath. The lower part of the head narrows to the shaft, which is circular in cross-section ending in a worn break soon after the head. It is dark shiny green colour, and is 15.3mm in length, 11.7mm in width, and weighs 4.17g.
Created on: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Last updated: Friday 23rd November 2018
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Record ID: BUC-9A135C
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Milton Keynes
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy Roman hair pin of group 6 type, dating from the late 1st to early 2nd century AD. The hair pin has a discoidal head, which narrows to the shank.There is raised collar below the head, then a groove. The shank is circular in cross section with a bend in it, narrowing slightly before curving slightly to a worn break. The pin has a dark green patina. It measures 41.9mm in length, 6.4mm in width, and weighs 2.76g. C.f. Cool 1991, page 157, Figure 5, number 3.
Created on: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Last updated: Friday 23rd November 2018
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Record ID: GLO-77576A
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy hair pin with an ovoid head that has a series of linear vertical groves running around its circumference. Below is a collar with a narrowed waist that separates the head from the shaft. The shaft 2mm in diameter long and truncated so it is only 16mm long.
Created on: Friday 5th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 5th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cotswolds', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-B7AC34
Object type: BODKIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete silver Hair Pin or Bodkin of Post-Medieval date (AD 1600-1700). The object comprises a long, rectangular sectioned, tapering needle-like pin that has been bent slightly. The upper portion of the pin is missing due to an old abraded break. At the uppermost retained portion is an incised transverse line with a series of longitudinal line below of varying lengths. Discussion: A number of silver pins/bodkins are recorded on the PAS database including IOW-A1E3AB, SUSS-8E94FC and BUC-816668. All are predominantly dated from the late 16th-17th century and many have integral ea…
Created on: Wednesday 26th September 2018
Last updated: Monday 29th October 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-642755
Object type: MOULD
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Leeds
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy half mould for making a figurine of Christ, probably to be mounted on a crucifix or bible, or perhaps a pilgrim badge, probably of Medieval to Post Medieval date, about AD 1300 - 1850. The mould is a sub-rectangular block of copper alloy. One short end is broken. The complete sides are slightly concave and one is utilised as a secondary mould chamber. It has a deep oval hollow at the end; a socket for holding a projecting lug on the othe rpiece of the mould, to hold the two pieces toegther in the right place. Four flowers are punched below, apparently from the same punch…
Created on: Monday 10th September 2018
Last updated: Friday 5th October 2018
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Record ID: SF-E88A0B
Object type: FIGURINE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy possibly Roman figurine, dating to AD 43-410. It depicts a crouched hare in a relaxed pose with the front legs stretched forward. The details of the back leg, the tail and the head are still visible; the long ears are extended rearwards. The base of the figurine respects the animal details but it bears a circular cross-sectioned broken protrusion, which might have been the upper part of a shaft. The figurine could be the head of a hair pin; for comparison see Crummy (1983, p. 31, fig. 31, no. 501). Length: 25.56 mm Width: 10.90 mm Height: 17.53 mm Weig…
Created on: Thursday 23rd August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Birdbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-69931B
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) copper-alloy pin consisting of a spherical head and a small portion of the shaft. The head, known informally as 'wrythen-headed', is decorated with deep spiralling grooves. At the apex of the head there is a small indented cross. The shaft is circular in cross-section and has a diameter of 2.2mm beneath the head and 0.9mm at the break. Overall length: 24.8mm; maximum diameter of head: 7.0mm; height of head: 7.2mm. Weight: 1.90g. Although spherical heads with grooving are a feature of several of Cool's types of Roman pin (e.g. Cool 1990, Grou…
Created on: Friday 17th August 2018
Last updated: Friday 17th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-174245
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman (50 to 375) plate brooch: Horse and Rider type (Mackreth, Chapter 7, Part 3: Objects and Animals, 2.1b Plate 124): An incomplete cast copper alloy brooch which is in the shape of a stylised horse with Romano-British styled decoration in the form of blocks of enamel, but has a realistic shaped head, if slightly simplified. The horse head has a small oval cell representing an eye. There is a moulded mane, but with fine ribbing detailing the hair. The front leg of the horse are short and slender, the rear leg is missing. The body of the horse is decorated with an asymmetrical cells …
Created on: Monday 13th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-C29261
Object type: PIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper-alloy wire-wound head pin of Medieval to Post-Medieval date, c.AD 1200-1900. The pin has a globular head. A narrow neck connects the head to a slightly wider shaft. The exact use of this type of pin is still under discussion, they could be sewing pins or used as a dress fastener or hair pins. The metal is brown in colour. The pin is 25.2mm in length, 1.8mm thick and weighs 0.1g. The object displays striations and a patina which give it the appearance of having been cleaned. It was however discovered on a beach, in the mud level below the sand and this appearance is…
Created on: Thursday 9th August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Record ID: SF-30EF6B
Object type: HAIR PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy Roman pin, dating to AD 43-410. it has a spherical head and an oval cross-sectioned shaft. The shaft has an expansion part at about half way down to the sharp tip. The shaft is slightly bent sideways in different points. The surface is abraded. Cf Cool's Group I, Sub-roup E (1990, p. 152, fig. I, no. 3). Length: 79.56 mm Diameter of the head: 5.40 mm Thickness of the shaft: 2.01 mm Thickness of the swollen part: 3.54 mm Weight: 2.59 g
Created on: Thursday 2nd August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Knodishall', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-06A06F
Object type: PIN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A hollow spherical head of a dress pin in gilded silver, 14.7mm in diameter, with filigree decoration. A section of pin 19.7mm in length and 2.2mm in diameter remains, running through the pin head. The decoration consists of a sequence of five longitudinal S shaped spirals running around the head, with the lower portions offset to the upper to create an overlapping sequence . Smaller paired filigree borders are also present around the collar of the pin shaft and the top of the sphere. The pin head has suffered extensive damage to one side, which reveals the pin running through centre …
Created on: Tuesday 31st July 2018
Last updated: Monday 13th August 2018
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Record ID: SF-481C25
Object type: HAIR PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy Early Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) hair pin, dating to AD 780-920. It has a rectangular faceted head (13 faces); the largest front and back faces bear four ring-and dot motifs while the other faces only one. Where the head joins the shaft there is a collar consisting of a circumferential raised line. The shaft is circular in cross-section; it breaks at 6.71 mm from the head. It is abraded. Length: 14.62 mm Width: 7.96 mm Thickness of the head: 4.04 mm Thickness of the shaft: 1.89 mm Weight: 1.35 g
Created on: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Last updated: Friday 17th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Birdbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-10D5DA
Object type: PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Birmingham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy pin probably dating to the Roman period, c. 43-410 AD. Only the head survives, which is anthropomorphic in nature, depicting a human face looking outwards with moulded hair and facial features. The length is 13mm, the width is 11mm and the weight 2.30g. No parallel could be found for this object, though it seems to perhaps belong to Cool group 18 (pins with anthropomorphic heads) (1991).
Created on: Wednesday 13th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 26th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Street Hay', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-F5778D
Object type: HAIR PIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Roman bone hair pin dating AD 150 - 400. The hair pin is a Greep type B6. The hair pin has a small rounded head with two incised grooves cut just below forming a collar. The pin shaft tapers to join the head and bulges outwards as it moves away and then tapers again towards a point, which is broken and now missing. Other Roman bone hairpins on the database are LON-CDD33A and LON-5225DD. Dimensions: length: 55.34mm; diameter: 5.32mm; weight: 1.81g. References: Crummy, N. 1995. The Roman small finds from excavations in Colchester 1971-1979. Colchester Archaeological Trus…
Created on: Tuesday 12th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 21st June 2018
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Record ID: SUSS-E7F1FB
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) copper-alloy and gilded button brooch (c. 450 - c. 550). The pin, pin mechanism and most of the rim are missing. This brooch is sub-circular and the surviving part of the rim is upturned and flares outwards at an angle of about 45°. The upper surface of the brooch is decorated with a central chip-carved anthropomorphic forward facing mask, within a raised circular border. The 'helmet' (or possibly hair) is formed of a curved line with horizontal blocks above. The eyebrows and nose are formed of a single element and the nose is a sub-trian…
Created on: Monday 11th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 11th October 2018
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Record ID: IOW-A593BD
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Late Early-Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) anthropomorphic mount in the form of a human male mask facing forwards (c. 1000 - c. 1100). The mount is sub-triangular in plan. It is moulded and convex at the front and largely concave at the rear. The hair is represented by curls either side of a central lobe at the top. The eyes are roughly almond shaped but one is more rounded then the other and they are not symmetrical. The nose is small and triangular and is a continuation of the eyebrows. The mouth is defined by a short horizontal groove. A striking feature of the mask is th…
Created on: Friday 8th June 2018
Last updated: Monday 11th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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