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Lucerna contains all that this website does, and even more: articles submitted by members, recently-discovered artefacts, appeals for help with identification, as well as information on all the page headings above, in greater detail, such as summaries of study days and conferences, book reviews and forthcoming events.

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Members may download all copies of Lucerna from this page. Non-members may download copies that are over 2 years old. We have provided an index of the main articles included in each issues.

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Lucerna 61, July 2021

Nicola Hurt

Toward a typology of hare and hound folding knife handles.  

7

Lisa Brundle, Laura Burnett, John Pearce,
Lucy Shipley and Sally Worrell

The Leasingham horse and other animals: three zoomorphic objects reported to the
Portable Antiquities Scheme in 2020

11

Barbara Birley and Stephen Greep

A New Antler Roundel Pendant with Phallic Decoration from Vindolanda 

16

Lucerna 60, January 2021

John Pearce

'If you love me...' An Inscribed Brooch from Orton, Northants

5

Stephen Greep

Two-Piece Bone Hairpins with Carved Busts from Roman Britain

9

Lucerna 59, July 2020

Glynn J.C. Davis & Martin Henig

The Recent Re-discovery of Roman and Later Intaglios at Colchester Museums

7

John Pearce, Angie Bolton & Sally Worrell

Love Handles: A Roman Folding Knife with a Sex Scene from Mappleborough Green, Warwickshire

20

Lucerna 58, January 2020

Adam Parker

A Marble Relief of the 'All-Suffering Eye' in Woburn Abbey

6

Roland Cobbett

The Colliton Park Dice Tower and others Made of Wood and Bone

10

Summer L. Courts and Timothy M. Penn

A Corpus of Gaming Boards from Roman Britain

4

Alastair Willis

An Anthropomorphic Cosmetic Mortar from Flintham, Nottinghamshire

13

Gil Burleigh and Ralph Jackson

AImages of Silenius from the Territoriu, of Romano-British Baldock

4

Natasha Harlow

Roman Bone Gaming Counters from Caistor St Edmund

8

Michael Marshall

An Anthropomorphic Clasp-Knife Handle
from the Thames Foreshore at London

5

Jörn Schuster

Is there such a thing as a Roman Slate Stylus?

8

Gil Burleigh

Finds from Sacred Places in the
Landscape around Romano-British Baldock

5

Piercebridge, County Durham

Mystery Objects

19

Michael Marshall

Stained Bone Hairpins from Roman London

6

RFG

Spring Conference, St Albans

11

Can you help?

Linchpins and a Silver Finger-ring

6

Adam Parker

A Copper-Bowl with Phallic Decoration from Trier,
in the Collection of the Yorkshire Museum

5

Martin J. Dearne

A Crossed Line:
A Slightly Different (?Military) Harness Mount

9

Adam Parker

Mystery Object:
A Gold Plaque in the Yorkshire Museum

10

David Sherlock

Bringing Writing Tablets to Life

11

Glynn J.C. Davis

Bone Spatulate Strips From Roman London

6

Tatiana Ivleva

Ongoing Research:
Global Glass Adornments Event Horizon in the
Late Iron Age and Roman Period Frontiers
(100 BC - AD 250)

15

Ben Paites

The Manufacture and Symbolism of Radiating
Designs on Brooches in Roman Britain

14-21

John Pearce, Sally Worrell and Frank Basford

Mars, Roma or Love. Actually?
A New Monogram Brooch from Britain

22-23

Philip Smither

Ongoing Research:
Romano-British Weighing Instruments

24-25

Humphreys, 0wen and Marshall, Michael

“The same, but different”: a miscellany of ‘Bügelzangen’ and related objects from Roman London

4-14

K. Adams, D. Boughton, A. Byard, R. Griffiths, M. Phelps, D. Williams, J. Pearce and S. Worrell

From figurines to fob-danglers: finds from PAS

25-29

Barbara Birley,

Keeping up appearances: the wooden hair combs from Vindolanda

5

Gill Dunn

Recent finds from Chester focusing on finds from the amphitheatre

5

Nicholas Ford

EXPLORING SECONDARY USE AND MEANING IN ROMAN COINS WITH REFERENCE TO A NUMMUS OF DIOCLETIAN

8-10

 

Greep, Stephen and Marshall, Michael

Brigantian immigrants to Londinium? New finds of perforated bone ‘spoons’

2-7

Worrell, Sally

Mystery objects (bronze ?vessel fragment with relief, gilded disc brooch, and ithyphallic figurines)

21

Dobson, Rebecca

Ritual or refuse? A summary of an artefact assemblage from the river Tees, Piercebridge

2-4

Lydamore, Chris with Hall, Jenny and Jackson, Ralph

Nodge Nolan obituary

5-6

Greep, Stephen

Red deer at the end of Roman Britain- a change in diet, hunting practices or new industrial processes?

7-9

 Wardle, Angela and Marshall, Michael

  Two obsidian objects from Roman London (probably handles)

1-2

Worrell, Sally and Pearce, John

A selection of Roman artefacts recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme in 2012

4-8

Greep, Stephen

Some more fishes? (bone fish pendants)

13

Bowsher, Julian and Marshall, Michael

A first glance at two prehistoric objects from Roman London

 

Cool, Hilary; Briggs, Stephen; Irving, Pam; Ward, Margaret; Henig, Martin

Glenys Lloyd-Morgan: an appreciation; the life; the young archaeologist; Glenys at Chester; Glenys and Venus

1-5

Crummy, Nina

Glenys Lloyd-Morgan: a bibliography

5-8

Swift, Ellen

An Iron Age helmet from Kent

9

Henig, Martin

The Silchester eagle: a comment

32-33

Durham, Emma

The Silchester eagle

7-8

Greep, Stephen

Five little fishes…or more? (bone fish pendants)

8-11

Mackreth, Donald

Dragonesque brooches (list including PAS items)

11-12

de Jersey, Philip

Jersey: a new coin hoard (iron age coins)

12

Friendship-Taylor, Roy

Mystery object

13

Friendship-Taylor, Roy and Greep, Stephen

A Claudian pit-group of bone hinges and box fittings from a ‘military’ latrine pit beneath the Piddington phase 1b proto-villa

2-9

Mackreth, Donald

Brooches needing a home (plea from specialist who wants to return finds to excavators)

9-10

Statton, Michelle

A follow-up on the AHRC collaborative doctoral awards, with an introduction to a study on dress, adornment and identity in late Iron Age and Roman Britain

16-19

Aggujaro, Angela

Roman razor from Bishop’s Cleeve, Cheltenham

3-5

Ferris, Iain

Images of disabled and Africans/black people (plea for information)

7

Dearne, Martin

A flagon lid from Enfield and a note on the type

3-5

Feugère, Michel

The Artefacts Project: an encyclopaedia of archaeological small finds

4-6

McIntosh, Frances

Wirral brooch: a regional variant of Roman bow brooch

3-5

Sherlock, David

Towards a typology of Romano-British spoons

5-8

Reynolds, Julie

A puzzling object from South Wales- any clues gratefully received (unusual pair of tweezers)

8

Payne, Naomi and Durham, Emma

The little horse from Chalk Pit Field, Sedgeford, Norfolk.

9-10

McIntosh, Frances

Brooch patterns? (lead trumpet brooch)

10

Daubney, Adam

Romano-British ‘ToT’ rings- some variations

3-4

Crummy, Nina

Evidence for an Isis cult in Colchester

4-5

Timby, Jane and Rigby, Val

Gallo-Belgic pottery database

5

Hobbs, Richard

British Museum collections now just one click away

6-7

Friendship Taylor, Roy (with Feugère, Michel)

Mystery object identified (as Etruscan strainer) (see Lucerna 35)

13-14

O’Riordan, Emma Jane

Small finds in the bigger picture: 3D scanning of archaeological objects for education and interpretation

3-10

Henig, Martin

A valedictory forbidding mourning (retrospective on his career as a small finds expert)

10-11

Dearne, Martin

A little poser from Enfield (possible Roman horse harness mount)

11-13

Dawson, Alan

‘Minerva’ wax spatula handle from near Norwich

2

Friendship-Taylor, Roy

Mystery object

2

Williams, Sandie

Plea for bells

3

Scott, Wendy

Possible temple site in Leicestershire

3

Webb, Dave

A patera/trulleum from Clay Farm, Cambridgeshire. Notes from ongoing research and the development of an online resource

2-5

Lydamore, Chris

A bath saucer from near Harlow, Essex

6

Lydamore, Chris

A possible method of producing barbed projectile heads in the late Roman period

6-8

Mould, Quita

A double-headed button and loop fastener from Reighton, North Yorkshire

2-6

Shaffrey, Ruth

The puddingstone rotary querns from Springhead Roman town, Kent

6-10

Kiernan, Philip

The Roman model objects project

2-3

Hobbs, Richard

Unusual silver spoon fragment

4

Crummy, Nina

A jug handle from Silchester

4-6

Schuster, Jorn et al

A late 5th – 6th century context (for a brooch) from Springhead, Kent

2-3

Jackson, Ralph

Unusual greyhound brooch

4

Hill, JD & Crummy, Nina

Late Iron-Age shears from Hertfordshire

2-4

Pooley, Laura

A gilded bone hairoin from Colchester

5

Puls, Jodi

Roman hairpins from Hampshire

6

Watters, Julian

Figurine of Harpcrates

7

Hobbs, Richard

Unusual Roman ‘test piece’

8

Williams, Sandie

Two bone stoppers from Silchester

9

Jackson, Ralph

An enamelled bronze pan from Staffordshire Moorlands, England: a souvenir from Hadrian’s Wall

10

Palmer, John

Catalogue of Roman Purbeck mortars

2-4

Major, Hilary

A pincer-type brooch from Southwark

5

Booth, Paul

Late Roman spurs from Lankhills, Winchester

6

Crummy, Nina

An unusual lamp from Colchester

7

Reece, Richard

The new Corinium Museum

8-9

Williams, Sandie

Tubular ferrules

9-11

Cool, Hilary

Brooches and moulds from Dymock

22

Jackson, Ralph

An unusual weapon find from Roman Britain

2-3

Wallace, Colin

(Portable) pine cone symbolism in Roman Britain

4-6

Friendship-Taylor, Roy

A new pair of Agathangelus type tweezers from Piddington Roman villa

6

Eckardt, Hella & Crummy, Nina

Presenting the body – toilet instruments in Roman Britain

7

Tracey, Justine

Purbeck marble inscriptions in Silchester

8-10

Minter, Faye

Strap fasteners from Suffolk

12-14

Worrell, Sally

Some new late Roman rivet spurs

20-22

Crummy, Nina

Using the Portable Antiquities Scheme data for research (using nail cleaners as a source)

23-27

Major, Hilary

The dating of Puddingstone querns

2-4

Bolton, Angie

Ox-head bucket mounts – a plea for details

4-5

Cool, Hilary

A soldier from Herculaneum

5-7

Hoffman, Birgitta

A brief note on the end date of the Cipius Polybius skillets

8-9

Herepath, Nick

A survey of Roman brooches from Cheshire

9-12

Herepath, Nick

‘Jelly baby’ mounts from Yorkshire

13

Crummy, Nina

And there’s more (wax  spatula handles)

21

Tongue, James

Seal boxes from Britain – a morphological review

23-41

Jackson, Ralph

A new treasure and a new goddess for Roman Britain

2-4

Crummy, Nina

Hunter-god handle from Yorkshire

5-6

McSloy, Ed

A zoomorphic clasp-knife handle from Gloucester

6-8

Cambridge, Owen & Watt, Tommy

The northernmost Roman brooch from Britain

8

Feugere, Michel

Penknives from Newstead: writing accessories

9-11

Hobbs, Richard

New iron Age site from East Leicestershire

12-14

Pugsley, Paola

Pasta shapes

14-15

Croom, Alex

Sexing brooches

16-19

Eckardt, Hella & Hobbs, Richard

An unusual decorated candlestick from Springhead, Kent

2-5

Robinson, Dan & Clarke, Vanessa

Possible temple inscription found in Chester

6

Grew, Francis & Brown, Gary

Londiniensium – cast in stone

7-8

Snape, Margaret

A worked stone from the vicus at South Shields (Arbeia)

8

Jackson, Ralph & Friendship-Taylor, Roy

The Piddington gladiator clasp-knife

9-11

Hill, JD

A pair of silver penannular brooches from Wheathampstead

11-12

Wardle, Angela

Ivory implements from London

12-13

Worrell, Sally

More Minerva bust wax spatula handles

13

Crummy, Nina

Other types of wax spatula from Britain

14-17

Pugsley, Paola

An item of Roman coopered furniture from Dorchester (Dorset)

7-10

Worrell, Sally

Some portable antiquities from Hampshire and Wiltshire

13-14

Geake, Helen

New wax spatula from Suffolk

14-15

Greep, Stephen

More amulets (Silchester)

15

Eckardt, Hella

Candlesticks in Roman Britain

15-16

Cool, Hilary

The Catterick Gallus

18-21

Major, Hilary

Roman decorated iron styli

2-6

Crummy, Nina

Wax spatula handle from Yorkshire

6-8

Johns, Catherine

A gold amulet-pendant from Eaton Constantine, Shropshire

9-10

Dunn, Gillian

Bronze vessels from Middlewich

11

Eckardt & Crummy

Ivory folding-knife handle from Silchester

12-13

Abauzit, Pierre

No more mystery? Bone phalluses - an explanation for the mystery widgets in Lucerna 22

13-14

Harrison, Emma

Box appeal – boxes found from Grateley South, Hants

14-15

Codreanu-Windauer, Silvia & Bartei, Antja

(Trans, Eckardt & Crummy)

Spindle, Whorl, Pot – a remarkable group of grave goods from Bavaria

17-27

Crummy, Nina

Nail-cleaners: regionality at the clean edge of Empire

2-6

Wardle, Angela

Mystery widgets – 2 unusual bone objects from London

7

Stokes, Mike with contributions from Henig, M & Johns, C

Rings and things

7-8

Pugsley, Paola

Etruscan hinged shoes

9-10

Penny, Stephen

Lead salt pans

11

Cotton, Jon

Bibliography of sets of gaming counters

12-13

Pugsley, Paola

Of Timotei and boxwood combs

3-6

Hembrey, Nicola

Help needed – mystery sandstone ?table fragment

7

Crummy, Nina

Toy storey – stacked counters from Colchester

7

Carter, Barry

Two lead bull heads from Cambridgeshire

7-8

Paynton, Ceinwen

Button-and-loop fasteners in a Roman province: A step towards a regional typology?

8-9

Pugsley, Paola

Wooden combs and niche markets

9-10

Cooke, Nick

Antler combs, big hair and the Mafia in late Roman Britain – an e-mail correspondence

3-7

Eckardt, Hella

An imported candlestick from Silchester

8

Crummy, Nina

An unusual brooch from Heybridge

8-9

Carter, Barry

A lead model from St Albans

10

Crummy, Nina et al

Agathangelus stamp

10-11

Snape, Margaret

Some unusual brooches from Arbeia Roman fort, South Shields

12

Cool, Hilary

Hairstyles and lifestyles

3-6

Crummy, Nina

A late Roman grave group from Durobrivae

7-10

Cool Hilary

Surfing the database

9-10

Allason-Jones, Lindsay

Gilding the black lily

11-12

Carter Barry

Lead brooches from Gloucester

12-13

Cooper, Nick

Mystery objects from excavations at Scole, Norfolk/Suffolk 1993-94

3-6

Crimmins, Julia &

Keally, Claire

A fibula in Dublin

6-8

Riddler, Ian

Hone News from Abroad:  The Clausentium Lamella

3

Guest, Peter

Johns, Catherine

The Hoxne Hoard – an update

4-8

Dearne, Martin

Research into Brooch Catchplate Return Decoration

3-4

Allen, Vincent

Mystery objects from Clausentium

- bone objects

6

Pollard, Richard

A ceramic cult figure from Leicester

Longer version published in Britannia 29 (1998)

2-4

Hoffman, Birgitta

Millefiori gaming counters

5-6

Ponting, Matthew

Roman Military Metalwork from Masada and Gamla, Israel: the chemistry of soldier and civilian in first century Palestine

7-9

Cool, Hilary

Panelled enamel vessels

2-3

Snape, Margaret

First century brooches on the northern frontier

2-5

Mackreth, Don

Colchesters in the North

5-8

Seeley, Fiona

An enigmatic object from Scole

12

Lucerna 10, November 1995

Wallace, Colin

Gallo-Roman clay figurines: how to find your way around the literature

2-5

Dearne, Martin

Spoon brooches

6

Wise, Philip

A fragment of Roman silver plate from Ratley and Upton

7-8

Lucerna 9, June 1995

Dearne, Martin

A burning question (Roman coal use in Britain)

 

(Later article published:

Dearne, M. I. & Branigan K. The use of coal in Roman Bntain Ant. J.75 (1995), 71-105)

3-4

Seeley, Fiona

Roman doorbells

5-6

Lucerna 8, March 1994

Croom, Alex & Snape, Margaret

Grave goods from the cemetery at Arbeia Roman fort, South Shields

1-2

Lucerna 7, April 1993
Lucerna 6, July 1992

Cool, Hilary

Introducing - Empty Vessels Signifying Something: An introduction to the common types of drinking vessels found on Romano-British sites

4-8

Kennett, D H

Introducing – An Introduction to late Roman bronze vessels and their literature

9-13

Lucerna 5, February 1992

Snape, Margaret

A Roman or Sub Roman Brooch

 

2-3

Clay, Patrick

Lead seal rewrites history

– Roman lead seal from Thorpe by Glebe

4-5

Lucerna 4, September 1991

Mackreth, Don

Brooch stamps in third-century Britain

2-3

Appleton, Graham

An introduction to the literature on Roman garden decoration with special reference to sculpture

4-8

Lucerna 3, January 1991

Jones, Christine

Annum Novum Faustum Felicem Mihi!

- Ceramic lamp celebrating the New Year

3-4

Davies, John

A late Roman bronze punch from Hampshire

5-7

Dearne, Martin

A Hebridean brooch

8

Bishop, Mike

An introduction to the literature on Lorica Segmentata

9-12

Davies, John

An introduction to the literature on Roman coins from British sites

13-16

Lucerna 2, Spring 1990

Evans, David

Column base from the extra-mural settlement at Caerleon: Gwent

7-9

Jones, Christine

An identification problem unhinged – bone hinges

10-12

Lloyd-Morgan, Glynnis

An introduction to Roman mirrors and their literature

13-18

Bayley, Justine

Castleford moulds – bronze flask

(Request for parallels)

4

Clay, Patrick

A Roman clasp knife from the Shires excavation, Leicester

5-6

Cool, Hilary

An introduction to the literature on Romano-British brooches

8-12

Duncan, Holly

Roman boxwood comb

13-15

Summer L. Courts and Timothy M. Penn A Corpus of Gaming Boards from Roman Britain 4
Alastair Willis An Anthropomorphic Cosmetic Mortar
from Flintham, Nottinghamshire
13

 

 

 

Summer L. Courts and Timothy M. Penn A Corpus of Gaming Boards from Roman Britain 4
Alastair Willis An Anthropomorphic Cosmetic Mortar from Flintham, Nottinghamshire 13

 

 

 

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Catch our committee member Sally Worrell on ITV Secret Treasures this week! The programme, timed to coincide with this week's Festival of British Archaeology, features the top 50 finds made by members of the British public in the last 20 years, and runs on ITV1 for several evenings, culminating in an hour-long special on Sunday 22 July.... Read More »

Society of Museum Archaeologists training courses

A list of upcoming courses from the Society of Museum Archeologists.... Read More »

Training opportunity

During this week-long course you will learn the basics of processing finds from archaeological excavations. Guided by nearly a dozen experienced practitioners and specialists, you will go through all the various stages from handling and packaging, to sorting and cataloguing.... Read More »

The British Museum Study Centre

Another development which is worth saying something about is the Study Centre. This is located a short distance away from the main Museum site on New Oxford Street. The current projected date for completion is 2004... Read More »

Portable Antiquities Website

The Portable Antiquities Scheme website provides information about Scheme, eg contact details for the finds liaison officers and reports on recent finds.... Read More »

Training opportunity (July 2010)

IfA Workplace Learning Bursaries. Museum of London Archaeology will be hosting two IfA-funded opportunities for training from late summer / early autumn.... Read More »

All change at the British Museum (2001)

On December 6th 2000 the Queen opened the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court after nearly three years of building work. The courtyard is vast, which is the first impression you get on entering, especially when you raise your eyes to Foster's domed glass roof.... Read More »

Could you contribute to Diggers' Forum?

Over at the Diggers' Forum we're relaunching our newsletter and we are planning on including factsheets and short informative pieces on subjects that are of interest to our membership.... Read More »

Your group needs you! (January 2011)

The RFG has been in crisis - you may have noticed the absence of meetings and a winter newsletter in 2010. Since the appeal in Lucerna 39 (September 2010), we have recruited several new committee members - thank you!... Read More »

Survey of Archaeological Specialists 2010 - 11

Landward Research have been commissioned by the Higher Education Academy's History, Classics and Archaeology Subject Centre and English Heritage to conduct a survey of archaeological specialists.... Read More »

Archaeological Evidence for Glassworking - Guidelines for Best Practice

This latest edition in the English Heritage Guidelines series focuses on the identification, investigation and interpretation of glassworking evidence at sites in England from the Bronze Age until the 20th century.... Read More »

Please help us to make the Roman Finds Group even better!

Since 1988, the RFG has been a useful forum for everyone with an interest in Roman finds.... Read More »