Complete copper alloy brooch of Mackreth’s AESICA 1a division, a type with a date range extending from the mid 1st century AD to the later 2nd century.
The uppermost element of the brooch’s bow is arched and widens towards the foot, terminating at its edges with globular knops. It also features two pronounced, beaded ridges, a raised, beaded margin and internal to these raised ‘eye’ mouldings.
The lower bow is of fantail type, again with spheroidal corner knops, a beaded margin and a tripartite arrangement of raised mouldings around a central ring and pellet motif. Simple zig-zag decoration is present to the catch. This particular type has a distribution very much focused on the south-west of Britain.
Other information & metadata
Site location: Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire
Project type: Archaeological excavation
Site type: Rural settlement
Discovery context: Ditch
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