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Roman, Bronze Repousse Plaque with Centaur Holding a Bow, Lorica Sqaumata Armor Plate(?), c. 1st - 3rd Century B.C.
Likely used in some legionary application; perhaps as a lorica squamata legionary armor plate segment. AA59779. Roman, bronze repousse, 1.75 x 1.75 inches, c. 1st - 3rd century A.D.; sheet bronze hammered from behind in repousse technique to raise the figure of a centaur holding a bow, remains of two rivet holes where it was attached, tear on body, rare and interesting; from a New Jersey collection; $520.00 (Ä442.00)
Italy, AE Formatum Axe Head, c. 5th - 4th Century B.C.
Bronze axe heads were used for exchange across Europe even before 1000 B.C. This nearly complete bronze axe head dates much later, c. 5 - 4th Century B.C. It was never used to cut wood, but was cast to serve as currency.AS11948. Bronze Aes Formatum, Aes formatum bronze axe, 447.9g, 12.9cm, $160.00 (Ä136.00)
Roman, Large Iron Borer or File, 1st - 3rd Century A.D.
Another piece from the same group as this borer was dated by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to 120 A.D. with a probable range of 80 A.D. - 160 A.D. Testing was done using an innovative technique which measures the carbon isotope ratio of the trace carbon in the iron. This carbon comes from the wood used in the production of the iron which must be of essentially the same age as the tool itself. Results were published in the journal, Radiocarbon, Summer 2001. AE61804. Roman borer, cf. Petrie, 'Tools and Weapons', pl. LXV, 40; 7 inches, indent at one end for attaching handle, $150.00 (Ä127.50)
Roman Buckles & Military Fittings
As a great and practical guide, this book documents and identifies many of the items of the Roman military kit, from the 1st century B.C. to the 5th century A.D., encountered today by detectorists and archaeologists, and sets them in their historical and military context.BK17657. Roman Buckles & Military Fittings, by Andrew Appels & Stuart Laycock, 2007, softcover, 285 pages, illustrated in color throughout, new; $29.00 (Ä24.65)