NMS-7EF821: Roman lamp

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Unique ID: NMS-7EF821

Object type certainty: Certain
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This lamp was originally described on this database as:

"Romano-British Moulded ceramic lamp with lug in buff fabric with traces of red slip. Decorated with cable mouldings, dots in annulets and a ring of dots. Of Wheeler's (1930) Type IIIB, known as a 'factory lamp' or firmalampe. Some external sooting near nozzle. In abraded condition. Length 98mm. Width 53mm. Height 23mm, including lug 40mm. Probably made in Gaul or Germany. 2nd or 3rd century."

Recent online comments have made it quite clear that this identification is incorrect and that the object was made not earlier than the 5th to 6th century AD in northern Syria, and is of a very well-known type (Kennedy 1963, Type 20). It is extremely unlikely to have been lost or discarded in Norfolk in antiquity and is probably a fairly recent import.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 409
Date to: AD 800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 98 mm
Width: 53 mm
Thickness: 23 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 1986

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ellen Bales
Identified by: Dr Andrew Rogerson

Materials and construction

Primary material: Ceramic

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District)
To be known as: Old Hunstanton

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: About one month ago

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