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Little Orme hoard, Llandudno (Roman)

Little Orme hoard, Llandudno (Roman)
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This item comes from: National Museums & Galleries of Wales (Item reference: 86.24H/1-5).  If you would like to see the original item, or require information regarding copyright, please contact the repository/contributor named above.


Hoard of Roman bronze objects from the Little Orme, Llandudno, probably deposited in the late 3rd or early 4th century. The collection comprises 5 ox-head bucket-mounts, a handle of a razor, the handle of a knife or chisel, 2 brooches, a harness ring and 68 late third-century coins. Three of the mounts are in the form of simple ox-heads, but the other two are more elaborate. One consists of an ox-head with a symmetrical scroll to either side, while the other comprises an ox-head with a Celtic style scroll and a dolphin, commonly portrayed in Roman art, to either side. Both of these mounts bear a loop for the bucket handle. Some of the objects were broken in antiquity and they may have been collected together as scrap and were destined for the melting pot to reuse the metal. There is a great deal of Roman activity in the vicinity, mainly associated with the rich copper deposits to be found on the Great Orme.

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