LIN-B37563: Fossil seal urchin

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Unique ID: LIN-B37563

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A complete fossil sea urchin. This object is a natural item, however it is recorded here due to the possibility that it could have been used as some kind of amulet. The object was found on a middle Saxon 'productive' site, and the fossil is out of place in the natural setting of the site. It might be, therefore, that it was brought to site through human agency.

A similar echinoid was discovered in urn 364 at the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Cleatham, North Lincolnshire, where it was thought to have been purposefully placed as an amulet.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 500
Date to: Circa AD 1066

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26 mm
Width: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney

Materials and construction

Primary material: Other
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Louth area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: LIN
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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