Record Details

NHER Number:36285
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Roman neck ring

Summary

Metal detecting in 1999 recovered half of a possible Roman neck ring made from a twisted square-section rod which tapers and becomes circular-sectioned towards the surviving hooked end. This example had a fresh break and had no parallel amongst other neck rings of this size size.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 95 07
Map Sheet:TF90NE
Parish:SHIPDHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

August/september 1999. Metal detecting.
?Roman half of a ?neck ring, made from twisted square-section rod which tapers and becomes circular-section towards the surviving hooked end. It is broken at the widest part (very fresh break); if this is halfway around the ring, the diameter will be about 105mm, making a rough neck measurement of 14ins.
Bracelets made by this technique are common in the Roman world, but this example cannot be a bracelet by virtue of its size; the taper makes it certain that it we cannot have more than half of the circumference surviving.
I haven't been able to find a parallel in this neck-ring size, but the method of construction is similar to that used in 3rd/4th century bracelets.
Identified by H. Geake (NCM).
Polaroid (S1) taken.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 20 June 2001.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • NECK RING (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Photograph: NCM. 2001. [unknown].

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