Broken Ring? Now identified, Iron Age Brooch.

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Was out today on a field that has produced all sorts over the years, found this little thingy.

It's copper alloy, looks like the remainder of some silver plating on it and really looks like a broken ring to me, and very old at that, what are your thoughts everyone?

I think there is some wishful thinking involved but it really looks like a ring to me, it feels like a ring too, pretty smooth inside, and it looks very old indeed.
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Just got back from the FLO, and she has identified this for me.

She also thought ring bezel, and probably roman, so she showed their roman expert, she said it wasn't roman, and probably post medieval.

My FLO was undeterred by this, so has done further research and had the identfication confirmed at the British Museum, it's part of an Iron Age La Tene style brooch, from between 400 and 250BC.

https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... id/1020153

Would have looked something like the one pictured when complete.

That makes this the oldest thing I have ever found and actually something pretty rare, I'm rather pleased with that. :)
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Blimey, that's an ID I'd not have come up with in a miwyon years! Glad your FLO stuck at it, and well done on a great find :thumbsup:
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figgis wrote: Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:03 pm Blimey, that's an ID I'd not have come up with in a miwyon years! Glad your FLO stuck at it, and well done on a great find :thumbsup:
I wouldn't have connected the dots on that one either!

Found not far from my quarter stater, so there is iron age history there, but I found a 13th century cut farthing on the same day, and I found a Denarius the same day as the stater, so there's there's real mix on those fields!

You can feel the age in it when you hold it, really does have that real old patina to it, think that's why she kept looking.
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Fair play to your FLO for not taking the first idea as a given, excellent result for you too :thumbsup:
Looks promising for you there fella :clapping:
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A great ID which adds further insight to that land. :thumbsup:
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The brooch is a stunner,brilliant find 👍👍
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Great to get a positive ID and even nicer when it’s something unusual :thumbsup:
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Thanks everyone.

It is nice to have an ID on it finally, especially as it has turned out to be something quite cool, she did show me a picture of an identical complete one but I couldn't find it to post.

This was found right across the road from where I found my quarter stater, will be nice to get back out there next time the farmer lets us on.
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