NLM-530E52: Medieval lead die

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Unique ID: NLM-530E52

Object type certainty: Certain
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Lead dice. A small rectangular die with six flat probably cut faces, so made from a fragment of thick cast sheet. A number of tiny stamped pits appear to denote values on each face: 1 is opposite [probably] 5, 2 is opposite [probably] 4, and three is opposite 6. Patinated. The use of irregular numbering schemes is characteristic of the 13th to 16th centuries. Suggested date: Medieval, 1200-1500.

Length: 6.8mm, Width: 5.8mm, Thickness: 5.9mm, Weight: 2.46gms


The numbering scheme departs from both the common ‘sevens’ arrangement whereby opposite faces always total 7, and the less frequently encountered ‘cumulative’ arrangement whereby 1 is opposite 2, 3 opposite 4, and 5 opposite 6.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 6.8 mm
Width: 5.8 mm
Thickness: 5.9 mm
Weight: 2.46 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 8th April 2022

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM49882

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Bassetlaw (District)
To be known as: Rampton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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