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Another Roman - enough detail to ID?

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 6:29 pm
by Zyrbalax
Hi all,

Found this today - my third Roman :D

This was in what the archaeologists are describing as a medieval ditch, about 18-20” below ground level but in their excavation so only a couple of inches below the surface (the archaeologists were happy for me to scan the bottom of their excavation, and GPS recorded the find spot).
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There is a little detail on both sides; I am hoping expert eyes will see something that allows an approximate ID. I’ll be seeing the archies again tomorrow, it would be great to be able to tell them what it is!

Many thanks
Z

Re: Another Roman - enough detail to ID?

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 6:51 pm
by thefiggis
Blimey, that's pushing it. Were it me, I'd file it under " late 4th C" as that's what they usually are, and leave it at that :D

Hope you get a decent ID though.

Re: Another Roman - enough detail to ID?

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:36 pm
by Zyrbalax
thefiggis wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 6:51 pm
Blimey, that's pushing it. Were it me, I'd file it under " late 4th C" as that's what they usually are, and leave it at that :D

Hope you get a decent ID though.
Thanks figgis, I guess it looks better in the hand. I was hoping that funny ankh/cross shape might be distinctive enough to give a clue.

“Roman grot - probably late 4th C” it is :)

Z

Re: Another Roman - enough detail to ID?

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:53 pm
by coal digger
Have a look at city commemorative(victory on prow reverse),cd ::g

Re: Another Roman - enough detail to ID?

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:54 pm
by Koala
look very flat in the photo


probably would look better with the light source low down.


shinning a touch across the surface sometimes works. But I prefer outside when the sun low in the sky

Re: Another Roman - enough detail to ID?

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 9:00 pm
by fred
That looks more like a radiate head to me, if so most likely mid to late 3rdC. :D Can't really see enough to decide if it's a regular issue or barbarous, although possibly the latter. ::g

Re: Another Roman - enough detail to ID?

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 9:04 pm
by Zyrbalax
coal digger wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 8:53 pm
Have a look at city commemorative(victory on prow reverse),cd ::g
Thanks cd, that looks a definite possibility - 4th C too I think so in the “most likely” period too!

Z

Re: Another Roman - enough detail to ID?

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 9:09 pm
by Zyrbalax
fred wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 9:00 pm
That looks more like a radiate head to me, if so most likely mid to late 3rdC. :D Can't really see enough to decide if it's a regular issue or barbarous, although possibly the latter. ::g
Thanks Fred, I’ll try and get better photos and if I can I’ll put them up tomorrow.

Cheers
Z