- Museum number
Copper alloy La Tène I brooch, incomplete. Pin and most of spring/head of brooch is missing. Arched bow, low reverted foot and part of first coil of spring bending towards left side of brooch. Probably originally had bilateral four coil spring with external chord The upper side of the foot is decorated with two narrow parallel raised bands (collar) followed by an indented circular disc at the toe end. The disc may once have contained inlay of some form. No other decoration. Dark slightly brownish green patina.
Length: 38.62 millimetres
Weight: 2.60 grammes
Thickness: 3.10 millimetres (bow thickness)
Width: 3.17 millimetres (bow 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
- Registration number