AOM : Iron Age / Roman bracelet fragment, remains of enamel evident. Lovely decor.
Found by Vince B.
COM : Large Spanish Coin, depicting Philip 2nd. The obverse shows very obvious portrait with a large jutting out jaw (congenital result of inbreeding) and the reverse shows the Spanish coat of arms. Found by Frank R.
Philip II (Spanish: Felipe II; 21 May 1527 – 13 September 1598) was King of Spain from 1556 and of Portugal from 1581. From 1554 he was King of Naples and Sicily as well as Duke of Milan. During his marriage to Queen Mary I (1554–58), he was also King of England and Ireland. From 1555, he was lord of the Seventeen Provinces of the Netherlands. Known in Spanish as "Philip the Prudent" (Felipe el Prudente), his empire included territories on every continent then known to Europeans. During his reign, Spain reached the height of its influence and power. This is sometimes called the Golden Age. The expression, "the empire on which the sun never sets," was coined during Philip's time to reflect the extent of his dominion.
FOM : Late Roman oval plate brooch with retained setting of cut intaglio. Very fragile, remains of pin setting and gold foil. (c. 3/4 ) Found by Mark S.
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EYES ONLY - Non Metallic Award : A piece of Mortarium. Inside the bowl had speckles of iron slag or trituration grit, this example had been well used and the grit worn down. Found by Mark S.
A mortarium (pl. "mortaria") was one of a class of Ancient Roman pottery kitchen vessels. They are "hemispherical or conical bowls, commonly with heavy flanges", and with coarse sand or grit embedded into the internal surface. They were used for pounding or mixing foods and are an important indicator of the spread of Romanized food preparation methods. Stamps on some early Roman mortaria record the name of the potter, from which it is possible to trace their movement between workshops. Some vessels produced in Italy and Gaul are transported long distances but local factories dominate at most periods.Many fancy red mortaria had a small hole near the top to allow the discharge of liquids, which was artistically made to appear as the mouth of a lion, mouse, or bat. (Source Wikipedia)