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Caerleon Legionary Fortress

Priory Field Excavations 2010: Finds Gallery

Dolphin-shaped furniture fitting
A furniture fitting in the shape of a very pretty dolphin

Bronze belt-plate
An unusual bronze belt plate, which might have been part of the buckle fitting. This one is unusual in that it has a raised surround to the pierced work. It probably dates from the mid 2nd to the 3rd century

Bronze pommel-fitting
This bronze cap probably covered the pommel of a legionary’s pugio or dagger. Legionaries seem to have been quite the dandy

Lead amulet
A possibly unique example of a homemade amulet in lead. It has a hole for possibly threading a thong through. Probably depicts part of a person’s anatomy (the students and I thought it was a part of a male anatomy but the more cerebral amongst us wouldn’t believe me)

Bronze bust of Minerva
Small bronze bust of Minerva, probably a furniture fitting. She is beautifully modelled wearing a Corinthian helmet. Similar busts have been found in other parts of Caerleon

Bronze dagger-chape
A small, mid-2nd to 3rd century, bronze chape from a dagger. This is the piece at the end of the sheath that stops the point poking through (into your leg)

Blue melon bead
This is a melon-shaped bead in blue paste glass or faience. These are often found on Roman military sites and so it may be that legionaries wore strings of these

Silver strap-end
Silver strap-end. This was a decorative end-piece from a leather belt and another showy item. A similar one made of bronze and then silvered was also found in Caerleon. Was this a Roman example of trying to keep up with the Joneses?

The finds were photographed by Anna Lutescu and the descriptions written by the Finds Supervisor, Chris Waite.


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