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Copper-alloy fragment of possible La Tène I brooch spring. Two pieces of wire have been bent to form two coils at either end of each wire. At one end these in turn have been joined to one another by passing a copper alloy rod between the pair. The end of one double coil then extends around as though to form an external chord but the wire is cut-off before reaching the oppsite side of the spring, at which point it is makred by two indented parallel lines. Perhaps this was a practice piece (S.Adams suggestion). Dark, slightly brownish green patina.
Length: 15.86 millimetres
Weight: 2.20 grammes
Thickness: 1.41 millimetres (thickness of wire)
Width: 10.12 millimetres ('spring' 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
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- Acquisition notes
- Lot 220 in Sotheby's sale of Monday May 22nd 1989.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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