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Unique ID: NMGW3242

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Perforated, domed, irregular-shaped lead weight. Diameter 25-27mm, thickness 18mm, weight 25.4 grams. Crudely cast weights like this example are difficult to date. Excavated examples range in date from the medieval period until the nineteenth century.


The function of lead weights such as this is not certain. Conventionally, they are identified as spindle whorls and certainly they would have performed such a function (i.e. Egan 1998, 259-61, nos.803-804, fig.203); 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 1995b, 29).

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Post AD 1066
Date to: Ante AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 18 mm
Weight: 25.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 1999

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMGWPA: 99.14.11

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
District: the Vale of Glamorgan (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Llantwit Major (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS9768
Four figure Latitude: 51.401647
Four figure longitude: -3.482074
1:25K map: SS9768
1:10K map: SS96NE
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: returned to finder
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
Egan, G. 1998 The Medieval Household: Daily Living c.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London) London The Stationery Office
Margeson, S. 1993 Norwich Households: Medieval and Post-Medieval Finds from Norwich Survey Excavations 1971-78 Norwich East Anglian Archaeology

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 18 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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