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Copper-alloy La Tène I bow brooch, incomplete. Pin and one coil of spring missing. Rounded arched bow. Bilateral four-coil spring with external chord (last coil before pin is missing). Reverted foot with flattened and slightly indented circular disc at toe. Possibly once had additional material adorning foot disc. Bow decorated with three sets of two parallel grooves running across the bow, one in the centre and one at either end as the bow bends back down towards the head and foot. Dark, slightly brownish green patina; smooth condition.
Length: 54.52 millimetres
Weight: 9.20 grammes
Thickness: 3.97 millimetres
Width: 9.10 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Part of a large hoard of copper-alloy artefacts dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages. Discovered by a metal detectorist, possibly at Batheaston, and dispersed for sale. It is thought that all of the artefacts are from a single, hoard dating to the Iron Age period.
Conventionally known as the Batheaston hoard, research by Ian Stead suggests that the findspot for this material is in South Wiltshire, probably in the vicinity of Wyelye, although other locations have also been suggested. (See I. M. Stead, 1998, The Salisbury Hoard, pp.121-22).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Lot 220 in Sotheby's sale of Monday May 22nd 1989.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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