SOM-761DA2: Medieval ampulla

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AMPULLA

Unique ID: SOM-761DA2

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Incomplete Medieval cast lead-alloy flask shaped ampulla (pilgrim souvenir). It has a sub-circular body, with a trapezoid neck extending from one end. There are stubs of small handles on each side at the juction of the body and neck. Originally hollow inside, both faces have now been crushed together. One side of the neck is damaged with about a half to a third torn away with an irregular break, possibly from tearing it open to use the holy water held within. The tear extends down into the body on one side. The remaining part of the upper edge of the neck appears to be open. The metal is greyish-white in colour and slightly pitted with some new areas of damage showing as grey. Both faces appeoar to be plain althoguh one is bent inwards more and may have had a shallow central design, obscured by damage. It is now 51.7mm long, 30.8mm wide and 5.8mm thick; it weighs 33.02 g.
Spencer (1998: 3) suggests that ampulla were popular in England from the second half of the 12th century until the early 14th century, when they were largely replaced by badges as the most popular type of pilgrimage momento.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1150
Date to: Circa AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 51.7 mm
Width: 30.8 mm
Thickness: 5.8 mm
Weight: 33.02 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st November 2011

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC reciept 20895

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

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: Tuesday 13th December 2011
Updated: Thursday 12th January 2012

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