SOM-F675B1: Medieval or Post medieval vessel rim

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Unique ID: SOM-F675B1

Object type certainty: Certain
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Rim fragment from a late Medieval or Post Medieval cast copper alloy vessel. The rim has a rounded swelling on the inner side. The rim was angled at about 60 degrees from horizontal. The outer side is crudely finished while the inner side has been burnished smooth. It is 5.8mm thick at the rim, and 2.7mm thick at the lower broken edge; it weighs 42.34 grams. It is too small to estimate the original diameter.

Notes:

Crudely made cast copper alloy vessels were widely used from c.1200-1700 for serving and cooking. Butler and Green (2003; 15) state; there is evidence that (cast copper alloy) metal cooking vessels became increasingly common during the 13th and 14th centuries. Although earlier copper alloy vessels are known they are rarer and mostly of sheet metal or hammered out (ibid; 7). While certain specialist cast copper alloy vessels such as skillets remained in use later; bronze cauldrons in general seem to have been superseded in the early years of the 18th century when their place was taken by cast-iron vessels which were cheaper to make and more durable to use.(ibid: 22).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 51.8 mm
Width: 32.9 mm
Thickness: 5.8 mm
Weight: 42.34 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 15th November 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSM 252

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: West Coker

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
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: SOM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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