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Unique ID: NMGW130

Object type certainty: Certain
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Undecorated, perforated, discoidal lead, or lead alloy, weight. The perforation is off-centre. Diameter of weight 19mm, thickness 3.5mm, internal diameter of perforation 7mm.


The function of lead weights such as these is not certain; they have variously been identified as unofficial weights used by traders or weights for other purposes such as weighing down rabbiting, bird or fishing nets (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 discoidal lead weight


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Diameter: 19 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMGWPA:99.20.152

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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 19 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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