Element record L616 - Iron Age shield boss from River Trent, Ratcliffe on Soar


FINDSPOT (Middle Iron Age)


Grid reference SK 49520 30930 (point)
Map sheet SK43SE
District Rushcliffe
Civil Parish Ratcliffe on Soar, Rushcliffe


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The 3 pieces of horse armour (donated by Mr JA Mousley in 1928) were found 60ft below the bottom of the River Trent, near its junction with the River Soar, during the construction of the second Midland Railway over the River Trent, near Trent Junction, in November 1895. (1)
Recognised as an IA shield boss in 1994. Made of copper alloy (probably bronze), 894mm long, with boss near mid point of spine and a roundel at each terminal. 2 breaks in spine, 12 missing rivets and a few other missing fragments. Rivets show the backing of the shield (of wood or leather) was c 8mm thick. Of "Gaulish" type, C3 BC. (2)
See M500 for Red Hill monument.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(3), Parish File

<1> Leamington Morning News, 18/06/1928, Leamington Morning News (Published document). SNT218.

<2> Selkirk A (ed), 1995, Current Archaeology, No 141, pp 336-340 (Published document). SNT131.

<3> Soc of Ants of London, 1996, Antiquaries Journal, pp 17-30 (Published document). SNT87.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Published document: Leamington Morning News. 18/06/1928. Leamington Morning News.
  • <2> Published document: Selkirk A (ed). 1995. Current Archaeology. No 141, pp 336-340.
  • <3> Published document: Soc of Ants of London. 1996. Antiquaries Journal. 76. pp 17-30.

Finds (1)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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