Openwork Disc Found Near Scunthorpe

The Texas Coritani was inspired by this artifact and now uses it’s pattern for their logo.

View of the front of the open work disc found near Scunthorpe.

View of the front of the copper-alloy open work disc found near Scunthorpe.


An unusual openwork disc dating to the late Iron Age. The disc is lightweight and consists of a circular frame enclosing a flat central element. The decoration to the central element is typically Celtic in style, in this case, being in the form of an openwork triskele. The front face of the triskele has hand-chased linear, curvilinear and spiral decoration. The circular frame is of rectangular section and stands proud of the central element on both sides. The outer face of the frame has indented ‘ropework’ decoration, consisting of oblique lines contained between two circumferential grooves. The back of the disc is plain, but there is, however, remains of solder at its centre, suggesting that it was once attached to something else, possibly a separate back plate.

The construction of the disc is uncertain, as it is possibly made in two parts and soldered together. The disc is very similar in style and size to triskele fobs of the period, although these are integrally cast, rather than fabricated. The piece could possibly be one of these, but its lightweight construction would suggest an alternative use, such as a decorative vessel mount or similar.

Object Type: Openwork disc
Period: Late Iron Age
Date Range: Circa 2nd century BC
Primary Material: Copper alloy
Method of Manufacture: Cast
Size (mm): 38.47mm dia x 2.92mm thick
Weight (grams): 7.9g
References: E.M Jope, Early Celtic Art, Plate 97, h-j.
Findspot: Near Scunthorpe
Date Recorded: February 17, 2013


UK Detector Find Database, UKDFD: 40602