LIN-6DD211: Medieval copper alloy macehead

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MACE

Unique ID: LIN-6DD211

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Copper alloy knopped mace head. The mace is short and has a broken lip at one end indicative of a shank. The mace is square in cross-section and tapers slightly, as does its central hole. The mace has twelve pyramidal knobs in three rows of four, consisting of four four-sided knobs and eight three-sided knobs (half knobs). The knobs are all very worn however none of them are mis-shapen. There is a brownish patina over most of the surface. There appears to be some iron corrosion around the narrow opening. The dimensions are as follows:

Height 27mm, width 38mm, diameter of hole 18mm and weight 91grams Other examples are recorded on the Portable Antiquities Schemes database, many of which are from the East Midlands, particularly Lincolnshire. Their exact function is not known, and it has been suggested that they are eccesiastical staff fittings rather than offensive weapons.

Noted in Daubney's 2007 catalogue (Daubney 2007, 206; cat. no. 7)

Notes:

Identification done from images supplied by the finder.

Class: Knopped

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27 mm
Width: 38 mm
Weight: 91 g
Diameter: 18 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: North Kelsey (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA0302
Four figure Latitude: 53.504614
Four figure longitude: -0.448508
1:25K map: TA0302
1:10K map: TA00SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LIN
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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