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Monument Number 368078

Hob Uid: 368078
Location :
Hertfordshire
North Hertfordshire
Barkway
Grid Ref : TL3740035800
Summary : A Romano-Celtic bronze and silver hoard (now in the British Museum) was found when a chalk pit was dug in Rokey Wood, Barkway circa 1743. It consisted of a bronze figure of Mars and a bronze knife or mace handle, along with seven silver votive plates (three of them having inscriptions punched on them). Four of the plates bore the figure of Mars, two others carried the figure of Vulcan and the seventh (the largest of them) just bore an inscription.
More information : A Romano-Celtic bronze and silver hoard (now in the British Museum) was found when a chalk pit was dug in Rokey Wood, Barkway circa 1743 (the nearest chalk pit to Rokey Wood is at TL 376 363 and appears as "old chalk pit" on OS 1st ed 1:2500). It consisted of a bronze figure of Mars and a bronze knife or mace handle, along with seven silver votive plates (three of them having inscriptions punched on them). Four of the plates bore the figure of Mars, two others carried the figure of Vulcan and the seventh (the largest of them) just bore an inscription. (1-4)

No chalk pit can be seen in Rokey Wood, and the only pits in the vicinity of the wood are at TL 376 363 and TL 378 356. Nothing on Enclosure Map (1808). (5)

The statuette of Mars, and one of the votive plaques dedicated to Mars `Alator' are illustrated and considered by Henig. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : The Victoria history of the county of Hertford, volume four
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Page(s) : 149-50
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Source : The Roman inscriptions of Britain, 1. Inscriptions on stone
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Page(s) : 70-72
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Source Number : 3
Source : Temples in Roman Britain
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Page(s) : 123, 138, 145
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Source Number : 4
Source : Pagan Celtic Britain : studies in iconography and tradition
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Page(s) : 173-4, 197, 377, 380
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NKB 23-FEB-73
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Source Number : 6
Source : Religion in Roman Britain
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Page(s) : 40, 50-1, 52
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Roman
Display Date : Roman
Monument End Date : 410
Monument Start Date : 43
Monument Type : Findspot
Evidence : Find

Components and Objects:
Period : Roman
Component Monument Type : Findspot
Object Type : HOARD, FIGURINE, PLATE
Object Material : Bronze, Silver

Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Roman Inscriptions of Britain (RIB)
External Cross Reference Number : 219
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Roman Inscriptions of Britain (RIB)
External Cross Reference Number : 220
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External Cross Reference Source : Roman Inscriptions of Britain (RIB)
External Cross Reference Number : 218
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TL 33 NE 3
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TL 33 NE 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1973-02-23
End Date : 1973-02-23