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Unique ID: SF6871

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Unidentified object made from copper alloy and lead. Rectangular, flat and thick, it has six faces; two large front and back faces, two sides, and a top and bottom. One of the larger faces, both sides, certainly the top and also perhaps the bottom appear to have been made from a single piece of dark grey cast copper alloy which increases in thickness slightly from one short edge to the other. The other large face is made from a separate sheet of green copper alloy. There is an oval hole in the centre of this showing that the centre of the object is filled with lead. The hole extends down into the lead, almost to the reverse of the large cast copper-alloy face. The bottom had a projection along one edge, which extended out at either end; this is now broken off.

Almost all of the bottom is covered with lead corrosion. Each of the larger faces has a circular hole in each corner; all of the holes are filled with rough green copper-alloy corrosion. The function of this object is unknown; it is possible that it may have been re-used as a foot or as a weight. The cast copper-alloy part measures 28 x 23.5 mm (or 25 mm if including the broken projections) and 10.5 mm thick; with the corrosion and copper-alloy sheet the dimensions increase to 30 x 25 x 12 mm. It weighs 52.78g (1.86 oz).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: UNKNOWN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30 mm
Width: 25 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Weight: 52.78 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st August 2001

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Lead
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Babergh (District)

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 17 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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