WMID-BF7CF0: Medieval: Fishing weight

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Unique ID: WMID-BF7CF0

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete cast lead or lead alloy possible Fishing weight, of probable Medieval dating (11th to 15th Centuries AD).

The weight is a flattened spherical pointed oval shape, with two grooves in both of the main faces giving a fluted effect. An integral circular perforation (suspension loop) is present at one of the pointed ends. It has an internal diameter of 3.4 mm.

It is a off white to light grey colour, with an even surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough soil, has resulted in a loss of some of the original surface detail.

It measures 46.3 mm in length, 20.4 mm wide and 8.9 mm thick. It weighs 39.2 grams.

A similar weight is described by Egan (1998, 310) which has a lentoid, triangular sectioned form. It may have been used to weigh down nets, as a plumb bob or on ships. This example dates from AD 1350 to AD 1400 and this weight may be from a similar date but may also be from other periods.

Several similar weights have been recorded on the PAS database, e.g. LVPL-B43AC5, LVPL-FA6180, LVPL-FFE467, SWYOR-508104, DENO-0A3621, DENO-504967 and SUSS-A21100.

Reference:
Egan, G. 1998. Weighing Apparatus. in Egan, 1998. pp301-329.
Egan, G. 1998. The Medieval Household. Daily Living c.1150-c.1450. Medieval Finds from Excavations in London: 6. Museum of London. London: The Stationery Office.

Class: fishing

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 46.3 mm
Width: 20.4 mm
Thickness: 8.9 mm
Weight: 39.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 7th November 2013

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District)
Parish or ward: Cheddleton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ9553
Four figure Latitude: 53.07420692
Four figure longitude: -2.07608178
1:25K map: SJ9553
1:10K map: SJ95SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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