SWYOR-A861B3: Possible badge of unknown date

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Unique ID: SWYOR-A861B3

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

A cast, lead alloy artefact, possibly a fragment of a badge of Medieval or post-Medieval date, about AD 1200 - 1800. It is roughly square in shape with rounded corners, but the edges are likely to be broken, though they are worn. Protruding from one corner is a small spur of metal, perhaps once part of another element that has now broken away and is missing. The underside of the artefact is undecorated. It is thicker in the centre. Possibly this is two layers of metal, perhaps a projecting tab which has been bent over and flattened against the main object. A groove on each side if the thicker area may indicate attachment points. The upper side carries the remains of a design that consists of a quarter of two concentric circles, delineated by narrow, incised grooves, with, in the centre of the inner circle, a small motif, variously interpreted as a letter S, a crown, or a rose or other flower. The lead has a dark cream-coloured patina. The fragment is 17.6mm long, 15.2mm wide and 2.6mm thick. It weighs 3.28gm.

The object was possibly part of a religious or secular badge, but could also be part of other lead alloy objects such as a toy, seal or other dress accessory.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17.6 mm
Width: 15.2 mm
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Weight: 3.28 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st September 2013 - Thursday 13th February 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jack Volunteer Coulthard
Identified by: Mr Jack Volunteer Coulthard
Secondary identifier: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2310

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Selby (District)
Parish or ward: Wistow (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5634
Four figure Latitude: 53.7992986
Four figure longitude: -1.15126593
1:25K map: SE5634
1:10K map: SE53SE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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