LEIC-30EA00: ampulla

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AMPULLA

Unique ID: LEIC-30EA00

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete Medieval lead alloy ampulla, dating to c. AD 1200 - 1500. The object is flask shaped with a sub-circular body. The neck is flaring to an old irregular torn break at the open mouth. It is hollow with two complete side loops. Both faces are decorated, each with a differrent design. One face is decorated with moulded decoration in the form of a scallop shell, a design often generally associated with pilgrimage. The other design is uncertain, possibly a flower, surface is worn and torn. 

Length: 45.38 mm
Width: 29.03 mm
Weight: 62.75 g

Ampulla were designed to contain holy water to be used for blessings or worn by suspension through the loops as a talisman (Spencer, 1998: 203). There are often found discarded after being torn open to release the water. Spencer (ibid: 3) suggests that ampulla were popular in England from the second half of the 12th century until the early 14th century, when they were largely replaced by badges as the most popular type of pilgrimage memento

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 45.38 mm
Width: 29.03 mm
Weight: 62.75 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st September 2020 - Wednesday 30th September 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: RCM 0668

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Charnwood (District)
Parish or ward: Seagrave (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK6019
Four figure Latitude: 52.7652761
Four figure longitude: -1.11222188
1:25K map: SK6019
1:10K map: SK61NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LEIC
Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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