WMID-715291: Medieval: Complete pyramidal weight

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Unique ID: WMID-715291

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A complete lead or lead alloy pyramid standing weight, of probable Medieval dating (14th to Mid 16th Centuries AD).

The weight is sub circular in plan, and sub triangular in profile. The width of the weight increases from the base (maximum) to the top (minimum width). A vertical suspension hole runs the length of the weight. The base of the weight is sub circular in plan, with the suspension hole located off centre. The surface of the weight is rough and undecorated.

The weight measures 37.8 mm tall, 31.2 mm diameter at the base, 11.5 mm diameter at the top. The suspension hole has an internal diameter of 2.2 mm at the top and 5.0 mm at the base. It weighs 206.0 g (7.27 oz).

The weight is a light grey colour with an even surface patina.

Weights can be hard to date due to being a functional artefact, forms and styles do not alter significantly over time. However the weight is similar to several examples #68, 70 and 71, published by Biggs and Withers in 2000 (pp31-33), believed to be Medieval in dating.

Reference:

Biggs, N. & Withers, P. 2000 Lead Weights: The David Rogers Collection. Llanfyllin: English Weights Series 6.

Class: pyramid

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.8 mm
Weight: 206 g
Diameter: 31.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st April 2014

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: South Staffordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Hatherton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ9510
Four figure Latitude: 52.6876654
Four figure longitude: -2.07540589
1:25K map: SJ9510
1:10K map: SJ91SE
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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Audit data

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

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