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https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/templates/general_wide/img/logo.png UKDFD Recording Software https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/ Keys and locks https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks.html Key https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/key-56101.html Mon, 24 May 2021 15:42:19 GMT Keys and locks Key  
Description: A copper-alloy tumbler-lock sliding key of the Roman period. The key has a flat, sub-rectangular handle and a right-angled bit with four triangular 'teeth'. The handle has slightly concave sides and terminates in a sub-lozenge-shaped suspension loop. The front (upper face) of the handle is decorated with a pair of transverse grooves at each end and multiple punched dots overall. The back (lower face) is undecorated. 

Evidence from excavations suggests that most keys of this type date mid-1st to mid-2nd century AD.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Finger-Ring Key https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/finger-ring-key-43247.html Mon, 14 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Finger-Ring Key  
Description: A complete copper-alloy finger-ring key of the Roman period.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Finger-Ring Key https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/finger-ring-key-55230.html Wed, 22 Apr 2020 13:04:23 GMT Keys and locks Finger-Ring Key  
Description: An incomplete copper-alloy finger-ring key of the Roman period. The pipe-ended stem and warded bit are intact, but approximately half of the hoop is missing.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock Hasp https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-hasp-3731.html Thu, 29 Jun 2006 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock Hasp  
Description: A small copper-alloy lock hasp from the locking mechanism on a Roman casket. Hinged at the top, with remaining evidence of an iron pin, for fixing to the chest-plate. Two perforated, decorative 'side lugs', single rectangular loop at the lower back for the bolt and up-turned lip on the front.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock-Plate Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-plate-fastener-25094.html Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock-Plate Fastener  
Description: A Roman period knob-shaped lock-plate fastener*. It is of circular cross-section, generally convex in profile, but slightly flanged at the base. The upper end has a circular boss at the centre, surrounded by a concentric recess. The base is flat and has the remains of an iron shank embedded within it.

Although there is evidence of these objects being used to fasten lock plates to wood chests and boxes, it is possible that they also had other functional and decorative uses.

* Often identified as 'lock-pins', which can easily lead to them being confused with tumbler/bolt pins, which clearly they are not.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock Bolt https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-bolt-29186.html Sat, 15 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock Bolt  
Description: A copper-alloy sliding bolt from a tumbler lock of the Roman period. It has eight triangular apertures to receive the tumblers, which secured it in the locked position. To open the lock, a key with teeth corresponding to the apertures was used to disengage the tumblers and slide the bolt. The keyhole was slotted to allow the necessary movement. Slight damage at one end of the aperture panel.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Latch-lifter Key https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/latch-lifter-key-357.html Wed, 24 Aug 2005 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Latch-lifter Key  
Description: Copper-alloy latch-lifter type key with L-shaped bit for use in a tumbler lock. The other end of the shaft has an old break but it thins and curves here suggesting that there was once a loop for suspension. There are two types of these keys known - the T-shape and the L-shape with the latter being the more common in Britain and more usually made of iron.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock-Plate Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-plate-fastener-54056.html Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:58:14 GMT Keys and locks Lock-Plate Fastener  
Description: A Roman period lock-plate fastener*. The larger end is concave with a circular boss rising from the centre of the concavity. The smaller end is flat with a circular recess and possibly the stump of a broken shaft at the centre. Although there is evidence of these objects being used to fasten lock plates to wooden chests and boxes, it is possible that they also had other functional and decorative uses.

* Often identified as 'lock-pins', which can easily lead to them being confused with tumbler/bolt pins, which clearly they are not.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock-Plate Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-plate-fastener-11688.html Mon, 04 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock-Plate Fastener  
Description: A Roman period bobbin-shaped lock-plate fastener*. The larger end is concave with a circular boss rising from the centre of the concavity. The smaller end is flat and encrusted with ferrous corrosion products from an iron attachment.

Although there is evidence of these objects being used to fasten lock plates to wood chests and boxes, it is possible that they also had other functional and decorative uses.

* Often identified as 'lock-pins', which can easily lead to them being confused with tumbler/bolt pins, which clearly they are not.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock Bolt https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-bolt-1977.html Tue, 24 Jan 2006 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock Bolt  
Description: Copper alloy bolt from a Roman tumbler lock. The main rectangular body is perforated with two subsquare cut outs (rounded ends) and four circular cut-outs. The teeth of a tumbler lock key would have engaged these to open the bolt.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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