Steelyard weight

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Object type: Steelyard weight
Period: Roman
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 01/07/2021
Location: Winchester, Hampshire


A copper-alloy and lead Roman steelyard weigh in the form of a double head. The two faces opposite each other could represent the Roman God Janus. It could also represent a form of impartial guarantee, as the two faces of the weight are watching both parties in the transaction.