PUBLIC-A33A74: PUBLIC-A33A74 Post Medieval Shot

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SHOT

Unique ID: PUBLIC-A33A74

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast lead alloy shot / ball for use in a Small musket (Arquebus and Cavalier) of post medieval date (AD1600-1800). The shot is spherical with a relatively well formed surface patina. The shot is relatively round and smooth - suggesting that it has not been fired. There is a small collapsed sprue scar where the casting sprue should be. The colour of the ball is a pale grey / white.It shows signs of of damage, scratches and small areas of flattening, probably caused by agricultural machinery. Parts of the casting seam is still visible There is no delamination on the surface of the shot.

Similar shot have been dated to the later post medieval period however the date range should extend into the early modern period as similar projectiles were used in firearms throughout this period. The context of this find / assemblage would indicate a date in the English civil war. Musket balls are discussed in Courtney's "Small Arms Accessories of the Mid-Seventeenth Century" (1988) and on page 202 of "Material Culture in London in an Age of Transition" by Geoff Egan (2005).

The weight suggests it was for use in a small Musket / Arquebus and Cavalier (Harding 2012, Lead Shot of the English Civil War)

Notes:

This small musket ball was one of over 25 found in an area of 9 square metres. The area of the find is on 2 acres of flat and slightly elevated ground.

Class: Small musket (Arquebus and Cavalier)

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 24.2 g
Diameter: 16.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 30th April 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr William Burleigh
Identified by: Mr William Burleigh

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
To be known as: Knighton on Teme

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found when metal detecting
Current location: With Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

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

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