Unique ID: HAMP-12F955

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

An incomplete copper-alloy possible toilet implement, seemingly broken at one end with the bowl abraded at the other. The bowl expands gradually out of the handle into a piriform shape, with significant abrasions at the tip. This broken scoop or bowl is shallowly concave (W.: 7.75mm). It has been bent at an angle of about eighty degrees to the handle, presumably as a result of old damage. The handle is formed of twisted wire, also bent and probably snipped. Twisted handles are to be found on Roman cosmetic implements, although distinguishing them from medical implements is difficult, as is often acknowledged. Indeed, a post-medieval ear scoop or spoon is not an implausible identification for this presumably incomplete artefact. It has corroded to a red/brown colour with small patches of off-white and green corrosion product. The colour is consistent with gilding; possible traces of gilt survive.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: ROMAN [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Length: 56.45 mm
Width: 17.5 mm
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Weight: 2.03 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 15th April 2012

Rally details.

This object was found at Leisure Promotions at East Stratton, Hants 15th April 2012 held Sunday 15th April 2012 - Sunday 15th April 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley - [view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: E3486

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Uncertain [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Surface Treatment: Gilded [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of Roman toilet article (possibly) (ear scoop, spoon, post-medieval)

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Spatial metadata

Region: South East
County: Hampshire
District: Winchester
Parish: Micheldever

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU5440
Four figure Latitude: 51.156714 Four figure longitude: -1.229229
1:25K map: SU5440
1:10K map: SU54SW
WOEID: 19095
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Created: Tuesday 7th August 2012
Updated: Wednesday 8th August 2012

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