HESH-E17294: Unknown: Hammer Unidentified Object

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Unique ID: HESH-E17294

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast lead or lead alloy artefact in the shape of a hammer of unknown date and function. The hammer is formed in two parts, the handle and head, which are joined together by inserting the handle through a hole in the head. This has been secured through the head by the top of the handle being struck like a rivet and flattened. The hammer head is irregular in shape and broadly oval in cross section. It tapers and expands evenly along its length. The handle is oval in cross section and sub-rectangular in plan. There is no decoration on any part of the object. It measures 44.2mm length, 19.6mm width, is 7.8mm thick, and weighs 15.14 grams. The hammer is a mid grey cream colour with an even but slightly corroded patina which covers all surfaces. Much of this patina has been removed from the handle by movement in the ploughsoil. Where this has occurred a light grey powdery corrosion product is present. A direct parallel for this object has not been found. Small lead tools, specifically axes, are relatively common Roman votive artefacts but this does not seem to fit within the corpus. The patina and construction of the piece suggests a date of more than 300 years but due to the lack of parallels a positive identification and date cannot be given.

Class: Hammer

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: UNKNOWN
Date to: AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 44.2 mm
Width: 19.6 mm
Thickness: 7.8 mm
Weight: 15.14 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Telford

Spatial coordinates

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: HESH
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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