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Copper-alloy La Tène I brooch. Pin and part of foot missing. Two coils of the bilateral, probably four coil, spring survive and the external chord. Shallow catchplate survives but the upper part of the foot was probably originally reverted to the bow. No decoration. Dark slightly brownish green patina, smooth condition.
Length: 38.91 millimetres
Weight: 2.70 grammes
Thickness: 2.56 millimetres (bow thickness)
Width: 3.30 millimetres (bow width)
Width: 9.21 millimetres (spring & chord width)
- 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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