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Unique ID: NMGW129

Object type certainty: Certain
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Undecorated, perforated, cylindrical lead, or lead alloy, weight. The perforation is off-centre and slightly tapered. Diameter of weight 20mm, thickness 12mm, internal diameter of perforation 7-8mm, weight 21.3 grams.


The function of lead weights such as these is not certain. Conventionally, they are identified as spindle whorls and certainly they would have performed such a function; however, they have also been variously identified as unofficial weights used by traders or weights for other purposes such as weighing down rabbiting, bird or fishing nets or even wall hangings (Margeson 1993, 139; Bailey 1995, 29). Crudely cast lead weights like this example are difficult to date. Excavated examples from Wales range in date from the medieval period until the nineteenth century, although the possibility of an earlier date can not be dismissed.

Class: Lead weight
Sub class: Perforated cylinderical lead weight


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 43

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 12 mm
Weight: 21.3 g
Diameter: 20 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMGWPA:99.20.150

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Newport (Unitary Authority)
District: Newport (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Caerleon area, South Wales

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Unknown

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Bailey, G. 1995 Detector Finds Chelmsford Greenlight Publishing 29
Margeson, S. 1993 Norwich Households: Medieval and Post-Medieval Finds from Norwich Survey Excavations 1971-78 Norwich East Anglian Archaeology 139

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 20 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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