LANCUM-4F8B52: Possibly a lamp, of unknown age, formed on an axe shaped stone

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Unique ID: LANCUM-4F8B52

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

Possibly lamp formed on an axe shaped stone. The shape of the stone may be fortuitous but has then had a recess pecked into it, and a shallower channel pecked in a rough curve coming out of it. These features are outlined on the second photo. The purpose of these modifications is unknown but it would have made a functional oil/fat lamp. When placed with the pecked feature uppermost, the object is stable. There are depressions on either side of the objects 'waist' that may be artificial, but these are so worn that it is now impossible to know if they are or not. It is possible that the stone was worked due to its similarity to an axe, or it may be that it was a partially completed stone version of a bronze axe. Its date is unknown but it maybe Bronze Age or Early Medieval or later.

The pecked hollow has a length of 44mm, width 32mm, and depth approximately 5mm. The overall length is 160mm, width 89mm, and the thickness 33mm.

A note of caution is needed with this item as there are no apparent parallels. It has however been worked, but to what degree and for what purpose is uncertain.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 160 mm
Width: 89 mm
Thickness: 33 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 7th April 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Whitlock
Identified by: Mr Alex Whitlock
Secondary identifier: Mr Stuart Noon

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cumbria (County)
District: South Lakeland (District)
To be known as: Langdale

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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