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VESSEL

Unique ID: SOM-7EB384

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fragment of a Medieval or Post-Medieval copper alloy vessel rim. The everted rim has broken away from the vessel at the point it bent back out away from the vessel wall. The upper edge is slightly thickened with a slight D-sectioned swelling on the inner side. The outer surface is roughly cast and covered with soot, the inner surface is smooth. The curve of the fragment suggests the vessel was c. 260mm in external diameter at the rim. The fragment is 69.8mm long and 46.9mm wide, and its thickness varies from 3.6 mm it the lower edge to 7.8mm at the swollen upper edge. It weighs 69.23 grams.

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cast copper alloy vessels such as skillets remained in use later; bronze cauldrons in general seem to have been superseded in the early years of the 18th century when their place was taken by cast-iron vessels which were cheaper to make and more durable to use.(ibid: 22).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: Exactly AD 1200
Date to: Exactly AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 69.8 mm
Width: 46.9 mm
Thickness: 7.8 mm
Weight: 69.23 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st May 2012

Personal details

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

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: Mendip (District)
To be known as: Near Wells

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: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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