GLO-1D5592: GLO-1D5592 Ampulla

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Unique ID: GLO-1D5592

Object type certainty: Certain
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Lead ampulla length 47mm, width 31mm, thickness 8mm, weight 44.13g. The flaks chamber is circular, with a short rectangular neck above. That handle that flank the neck are missing. One side of the chamber is decorated with a flower comprising of about six petals (the design is unclear). The other side has a large W.
Ampullae with the crowned letter 'W' are suggested to be associated with the cult of Our Lady of Walsingham (Spencer, 1990. 60-61). The W may equally have a more general meaning as a double-V for the virgin Queen of Heaven (Virgo Virginium) as also signified by the crown (Spencer, 1990: 61)
The shrine to a statue of the Virgin at Walsingham was one of the most significant sanctuaries in Europe in the Late Medieval Period, eclipsing Canterbury as the principal English pilgrim resort in the 15th and 16th century (Spencer, 1990, 30-31).
Spencer, B, 1990. Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum Medieval Catalogue. Part 2, Pilgrim souvenirs and secular badges Salisbury : , pp30-31, 60-61, 88-89.

Inscription: W

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1540

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 47 mm
Width: 31 mm
Thickness: 8 mm
Weight: 44.13 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st September 2012 - Thursday 1st November 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Mr Kurt Adams

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 5882

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: South Gloucestershire (Unitary Authority)
District: South Gloucestershire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Charfield

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 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: GLO
Created: Wednesday 19th December 2012
Updated: Thursday 24th November 2016

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