PAS: Finds Review - to 26 March 2021
Here is my pick of the finds recorded on the PAS database in the previous week. A total of 225 finds were recorded in the week to 26 March 2021.
PAS ID: SF-877BAF
Found: Woodbridge, Suffolk in 2017
A Roman copper-alloy steelyard dating AD 43-410.
A steelyard was an uneven beam balance which first appeared over 5,000 years ago, long before Archimedes demonstrated the law of the lever theoretically in the 3rd Century BC.
The Latin name was statera but they later became known as steelyard after the name of the Hanseatic League trading base in 14th Century London.
As is common with detecting finds of these objects, it is incomplete. This a complete Roman steelyard from Pompeii.
An incomplete copper-alloy strap union dating from 100BC to 100AD. The piece is missing the bar from one side. An example of a complete union, of a similar type, is shown below: