UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT

Unique ID: BH-17E314

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find waiting to be validated

A cast copper-alloy object of uncertain date and function.

The artefact consists of a flat-sectioned, openwork plate in the form of a pair of anthropomorphic feet, set side by side, their inner edges touching. A rib separates the toes from the rest of the feet, while a series of other such ribs defines a geometric pattern, the nature of which differs between the two feet. These designs may either be random in nature or else possibly designed to create the impression of sandal straps. Some of the apertures - particularly the outer toes and the chevron-shaped central cell of the right foot - contain traces of dark blue enamel. The plate is generally well finished, the only exception being at the heels, where there are projecting casting sprues or possibly the remains of a further, now missing, element. On the underside of the object there is a right-angled projection which tapers to a rounded top point.

Dimensions: 32.8mm long, 30.4mm wide, 2mm thick (plate), 14.4mm high. Weight: 10.03g.

No parallel could be found for this artefact which probably dates from either the Roman or Medieval periods. The general form and patination suggest that a Medieval date is perhaps more likely. It may well be a product of the Limoges industry, possibly produced as a pilgrims' souvenir or as part of a shrine.

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: ROMAN [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Period to: MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 1
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Length: 32.8 mm
Height: 14.4 mm
Width: 30.4 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 10.03 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 10th March 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Mr Julian Watters - [view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 12/26 - 3

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Cast [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Uncertain [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel [scope notes | view all attributed records]

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Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern
County: Cambridgeshire
District: Huntingdonshire
To be known as: Easton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Cultivated land[scope notes]
Specific landuse: Character undetermined[scope notes]

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: Friday 20th April 2012
Updated: Friday 20th April 2012

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