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Romano/British Artefacts

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In 55 B.C. the Roman general Julius Caesar conquered France (At the time the country was called Gaul, and the Romans called it Gallia). The Gauls fought hard against the Romans and had been helped by their friends in Britain. Caesar was upset by their assistance and decided to teach the Britons a lesson.

Julius Caesar made two attempts to invade Britain, first in 55 B.C. and then again in 54 B.C. Both times the British warriors and the rotten British weather made his army give up and return to Gallia.

Nearly a hundred years later in 43 A.D. the Emperor Claudius sent another army to invade Britain. This time the Romans were successful, Roman Britain had begun!

Romano British finds

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Roman figurines


Roman amphora jug handle



Possible Romano/British silver handle - reported as treasure to Colchester museum

11.84g, 33.36mm w x 41.46mm H x 7.24mm T


Stunningly beautiful - Romano/British bronze razor back pig/hog offering red enamelled eyes - 65.56mm L x 39.9mm H 148g

Roman 1st/2ndC copper alloy votive offering


Roman animal headed fork

Roman bracelet



Ear wax scrapers







Full size Roman stone phallic ornament, George III sixpence for size - 72.5 mm L x 30.71mm W




Romano/British mount
38.68g, 55.64mm L x 15.43mm W x33.39mm H

Roman votive offering and figurines


Roman bronze artefact 35.8g, 36.46mm W x 14.73mm H - votive offering pots

Votive offerings

Roman veiled standing togate figure - popular throughout the Roman Empire but quit a rare find in Britain

50mm high

The small size of the statue, the thin profile of the head and upper body, and the somewhat Augustan or Julio-Claudian traits reflected in the face all indicate that the statue was made, probably as a public or personal votive offering, in a central Italian workshop, such as that which produced the large votive bronzes from Nemi.


Roman buckles and tongues







Roman - Cast copper alloy buckle tongue with half of it's loop broken. File marks are evident on the sides and underside. Three incised lines decorate a raised rectangle at the base of the loop - Ref Bishop 186





Previously thought to be 10thC Saxon with the classic circle decoration - currently with Colchester museum - ID'd as Roman period

Roman strap fitting (with ring-and-dot decoration)

4.73g, 26.71mm L x 12.57mm W

4thC Roman buckle - very unusual type with central iron mounting - seperate bar for attachment of belt 34.81mm L x 30.76mm

ESS-F7E490 Roman military buckle

An early Roman cast copper alloy buckle. A 'pelta' style buckle associated with the military equipment of the 1st and 2nd century AD, typically used on sword belts. The buckle frame is oval (30.43mm wide), with the terminals curving back in on themselves forming a decorative swirl. The bar is obscured by the pin which is iron and has rusted onto the bar. The remainder of pin has broken off. Attached to the oval frame is a smaller (20.17mm wide) rectangular frame with a grooved pin rest. The colour of the buckle is dark green with rusting around the pin. Cuddeford pages 8 and 9 has parallels, the closest of which is no. 4 on page 9.


Byzantine 4thC buckle






Roman pendants

Roman spear butt


3rd C Roman spear butt – Osterburken type Ref Coulston - Drawing Roman 3rdC spear butts


Roman lead sling shot/ballista

Roman lead sling shot 36.66mm L x 18.38mm dia, 62.16g


Roman harness loop junction - 2 rivet fixing

Roman bronze beads



Roman strap ends

Roman bronze decorated Amphora strap end 44.38mm L x 23.89 W 17.23g
Roman bronze strap end - animal head
Roman bronze strap end - rivet fixings

Interesting Roman piece - socketed end to support a shaft - medical implement ? - one for the museum
Roman decorated dagger quillion fragment - petal design 38.34 mm dia

Roman weighing scale arm

Dots indicate pound marks

Possible Roman balance arm

Roman bronze enameled widget - possible balance weight pivot - needs more research


Roman bronze artefact - Looks like this is the bow part of a fibular brooch but I think it is a small Roman votive offering pot leg - researching it more


Cloak hook

Roman cloak hook

Prick spur

Unique ID: DUR-1079B4

Roman prick spur

A copper alloy Roman prick spur probably dating to the fourth century AD.

The spur is made up of three projecting arms with approximately 90 degrees between each arm. On two of the arms are small loops and a break suggesting one on the third arm. There is a hexagonal area in the centre of the three arms and this is where the spur is attached. The spur is cone shaped. On each of the arms there is incised linear decoration.

Spurs such as this example are thought to be of a British type and have been found in fourth and fifth century contexts. Although spurs are primarily military in character it is not unusual to find spurs of this type in rural locations. Similar examples have been recorded on the PAS database: DENO-8FB8E3 and LIN-D3B115.


Huge chunk of ornate cast Roman bronze - possibly swivel harness stap fitting


Twisted silver wire ring - reported as potential treasure to museum
Roman hanging pendant - circule design

Interesting early item like a protected loop terret - offset wear means it is some type of strap guide



Roman knopped bronze pin

Roman helmet trim
Roman bronze mount
Large Roman bronze belt clasp

Iron Age snake headed finger ring

Large Roman champlevé enamel inlay fragment- reminds me of Terret ring size

Possible large zoomorphic brooch


Roman pins

Picture at the British museum

A complete copper-alloy Roman pin of probable mid first to mid second century date


Roman decorated stick pin



Unusual huge bronze pot foot - not the normal medieval type so possbly Roman - need to study my ref books


Roman bronze dice - opposite faces do not add up to 7

Tiny Roman lead dice

Roman pins


Uknown Bronze widget ?



Unknown bronze Roman socketed mount ?

Roman bronze mount

8 Scripila coin weight